thiefofvoices: A book open to a page with arcan hand-drawn symbols on it. (arcane)
"To give a thing a name, a label, a handle; to rescue it from anonymity, to pluck it out of the Place of Namelessness, in short to identify it -- well, that's a way of bringing the said thing into being."

-- from Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie

Yep.

Oct. 29th, 2012 08:56 pm
thiefofvoices: Profile of a person with long black hair in a ponytail wearing a high-collared leather jacket, hair obscuring their eyes (stories)
"Writing's a disease, and if you don't pay us to do it indoors to a contract all the time, then eventually we will escape outdoors and do it in public to ourselves for free." -- Warren Ellis
thiefofvoices: Profile of a person with long black hair in a ponytail wearing a high-collared leather jacket, hair obscuring their eyes (biomechanical)
"Humans are unable to experience the death of another of their selves and have no vocabulary to express it."

- Ibis, from The Stories of Ibis by Yamamoto Hiroshi
thiefofvoices: Profile of a person with long black hair in a ponytail wearing a high-collared leather jacket, hair obscuring their eyes (desert prophet)
"So will it hurt?"
"It will a bit. I'm sorry. I will endeavor to be gentle, though."
"No. Be as brutal as you want. Etch the pain into me. It's proof I had a life worth living."
"Indeed, my young master."
thiefofvoices: Profile of a person with long black hair in a ponytail wearing a high-collared leather jacket, hair obscuring their eyes (machine empathy)
Sooner or later I will do an introductory post, about me or about what I want to use this journal for, or both, but for now I think I'm just going to talk briefly about cyborgs without saying much in the way of anything at all. (I'm planning on making a more in-depth post on my personal cyborgian opinions later on. When I don't fail at words.)

I was recently reminded of The Cyborg Manifesto, which I had read awhile back but not absorbed. I reread it today, and I still don't think I've properly absorbed it all the way, but more sank in than last time, and that's always a good thing.

I'm not entirely sure I agree with everything in it, though it poses neat ideas, but I'd be hard-pressed to discuss what it was that bothered me without another read-through (someday I will print it out and comb through on paper -- I'm infinitely better at critical reading that way, not to say I was all that great at critical reading to begin with). The quotes I've taken out, also, speak to me with a different -- though similar -- definition of 'cyborg', a more personal one. A personal identity definition rather than a societal identity definition, I could say. By far a more science-fictional take on said identity, at least.

Take them with what you wish. Or, read the entire thing and take them both with context and without.

The quotes )

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