Synopses & Reviews
Technoculture is culture--such is the proposition posited in "Technoscience and Cyberculture," arguing that technology's permeation of the cultural landscape has so irrevocably reconstituted this terrain that technology emerges as the dominant discourse in politics, medicine and everyday life.
"Technoscience and Cyberculture" is a collection of essays by a range of theorists committed to exploring and developing a method of cultural analysis. The problems addressed--and continuously refigured--in this collection of essays concern the ways in which technology and science relate to one another and organize, orient and effect the landscape and inhabitants of contemporary culture. Although these forces are distinguishable in varying degrees--depending on methodolgy applied--they are currently intertwined to such an extent that to critique one is to "implicate" the others. That is, to critique science is to recognize it as a complex object which is constitutedby technology. Other relationships are similarly interconnected.
This collection is guided by several initial propositions. First, any inquiry into the practice and effects of science must involve a consideration of the actual technological systems and objects themselves. Futhermore, an investigation of current social issues--such as unemployment in the global market, violence in American culture, or the Human Genome project--must consider the deployment of various technologies in cultural institutions, whether legal, medical, media-related or religious. Finally, it must be understood that because of its exalted status in society, in the sense that it almost controls what is "true" or "universal," the role of "Big Science"is more than just one cultural practice among others. Science is not just another cultural practice or discourse, nor is technology just another set of objects. It is therefore the task of Cultural Studies and the undertaking of this volume to continuously reconstruct the way
Where does culture end and technology begin? This book argues that technology is culture, saturating our world so that technology has become the dominant discourse in politics, medicine, the media, religion and everyday life itself.