Behind our computer screens we are all cyborgs: through fantasy we can understand our involvement in virtual worlds. Cyberspace is first and foremost a mental. André Nusselder “Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology (Short Circuit Series) MIT Press, , pp. $ (USD) / £ paper ISBN Behind our computer screens we are all cyborgs: through fantasy we can understand our involvement in virtual worlds.

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Mar 14, Jake Cowan rated it liked it. If, as suggested, rantasy is a mental space, then applying psychoanalytical theory to analyzing its social, cultural and individual influences makes a lot of sense. This is essentially a compilation of current scholarship on cyber technology’s interface with subjectivity. Cheryl marked it as to-read Jan 19, I have read it alongside McLuhan, Espe This little gem is a ontolohy adaptation of Lacanian psychoanalysis for the research of modern computer technologies.

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A good background in Descartes, Kant, Freud, and especially Lacan is needed for a firm understanding of this book.

Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology by André Nusselder

Alex rated it it was ok Oct 13, The technology part is well elaborated, explaining how the computer systems work coding and decoding of binary information, presentations on the screen, subjective perceptions of cyberspace and so on from the Lacanian perspective. Towards a Virtual Ontology and Anthropology.


Aivoturso marked it as to-read Jun 15, It is the virtual image that sustains desire. Jeremy rated it really liked it Jan 10, The virtual identities we assume in virtual worlds, exemplified best by avatars consisting of both realistic and symbolic self-representations, illustrate the three orders that Lacan uses to analyze human reality: Interface Fantasy lays the foundation for a new way of thinking that acknowledges the pivotal role of the screen in the current world of information.

Tamhas marked it as to-read Mar 23, Lacan diagnoses science and technology as guided by such imaginary desires. The Nature of Information at the Turn Of.

History of Western Philosophy. He discusses avatars in detail in Chapter 4, along with the general concept of embodiment and the various notions of what constitutes space or its dissolution. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Paperbackpages.

Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

Megan rated it really liked it Nov 09, Shawn Stafford marked it as to-read Oct 21, Huschle – – International Journal of Applied Philosophy 16 1: Franklin Ridgway rated it it was amazing Sep 15, Lacan cybory much fantssy thinking about cybernetics, as is evident from this quote; “At this point we come upon a precious fact revealed to us by cybernetics—there is something in the symbolic function of human discourse that cannot be eliminated, and that is the role played in it by the imaginary” p.


To ask other readers questions about Interface Fantasyplease sign up. Request removal from index. Maja rated it really liked it Nov 30, Kris is currently notology it Apr 26, The chapters proceed from introducing Lacan’s relevant psychoanalytical theories through to examples of avatars as alter egos in various virtual spaces. Nusselder puts such phenomena as avatars, role playing, cybersex, computer psychotherapy, and Internet addiction in the context of established psychoanalytic theory.

This is in the nature of the subject, not Nusselder’s writing style. Artz – – Ethics and Information Technology 2 4: Perhaps additional work could have been done to involve more empirical research studies in support of his present examples, offering a valuable comparison between a Lacanian perspective and the theoretical frame of the supporting research.

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