The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television

What does renowned culture's courting with cyborgs, robots, vampires and zombies let us know approximately being human? Insightful scholarly views shine a mild on how movie and tv evince and painting the philosophical roots, the social ramifications and the long run visions of a posthumanist world.

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Drew Ayers, Santa Barbara urban university, united states Babette Babich, Fordham college, united states Jon Baldwin, London Metropolitan college, united kingdom Douglas Brown, Falmouth college, united kingdom William Brown, college of Roehampton, united kingdom John Bruni, Grand Valley nation college, united states Ivan Callus, collage of Malta Curtis D. Carbonell, Khalifa collage, UAE Steen Ledet Christiansen, Aalborg college, Denmark Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt college, united states T. Hugh Crawford, Georgia Institute of know-how, united states James DiGiovanna, CUNY, united states Francesca Ferrando, ny collage, united states Elaine Graham, collage of Chester, united kingdom Graham Harman, American college in Cairo, Egypt Dan Hassler-Forest, college of Amsterdam, Netherlands Michael Hauskeller, college of Exeter, united kingdom Phil Henderson, collage of Victoria, Canada Stefan Herbrechter, Heidelberg college, Germany Eric Hill, Winthrop collage, united states James Hughes, Trinity university, united states Joel Krueger, college of Exeter, united kingdom Tanya Krzywinska, Falmouth collage, united kingdom Kevin LaGrandeur, big apple Institute of know-how, united states Tarja Laine, college of Amsterdam, Netherlands Brett Lunceford, Rhetorical pupil, united states Teodora Manea, college of Exeter, united kingdom David Meeler, Winthrop college, united states Jeff Menne, Oklahoma country college, united states Pramod okay. Nayar, college of Hyderabad, India Dónal P O'Mathúna, Dublin urban collage, eire Alexander D. Ornella, collage of Hull, united kingdom Thomas D. Philbeck, global financial discussion board, Geneva Anat choose, Queen Mary, college of London, united kingdom Ralph Pordzik, Würzburg collage, Germany Anna Powell, Manchester Metropolitan collage, united kingdom David Roden, Open collage, united kingdom Rhys Owain Thomas, collage of East Anglia, united kingdom Sherryl Vint, college of California, Riverside, united states Hilary Wheaton, collage of Exeter, united kingdom Hub Zwart, Radboud college Nijmegen, Netherlands

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In this sense, a singularity is analogous to the concepts offered by Baudrillard as antidotes to simulation, globalization, monoculture and the principle of equivalence, namely symbolic exchange, seduction, radical alterity, negativity and death – ‘the most singular of singularities’ (Baudrillard 2002, 68). Baudrillard speaks of the possible singularity of events, beings and things (1998, 69). A singularity might take an ethnic, religious, linguistic or individual form (Baudrillard 1998, 13). Singularity is valorized as an existential attitude.

In other words, posthumanism must still do political work – perhaps especially because humans continue to ignore the ontological nature of our human posthumanism/our posthuman humanity, even if digital technology features very prominently in these films. 3 ‘Self-Immolation by Technology’: Jean Baudrillard and the Posthuman in Film and Television Jon Baldwin The ‘decentring of the human’ by its imbrication in technical, medical, informatic and economic networks ‘is increasingly impossible to ignore’ (Wolfe 2010, 121).

The program is titled Simulation One, which is shortened and combined to name the virtual actress Simone. In the film title there is the use of the 1 and 0 of binary code to result in ‘S1m0ne’. Here Simone is without origin, reality or referent. As with virtual images produced by digital visual technologies there are no real-life referents. The virtual actress is deemed by critics and the public to give a flawless performance in the film and more is demanded. Taransky duly obliges, marketing her as a real person, and subsequent performances result in an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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