Revisiting digital technologies: envisioning biodigital bodies

O'Riordan, Kate (2011) Revisiting digital technologies: envisioning biodigital bodies. Communications, 36 (3). pp. 291-312. ISSN 0341-2059

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Abstract

In this paper the contemporary practices of human genomics in the 21st century are placed alongside the digital bodies of the 1990s. The primary aim is to provide a trajectory of the biodigital as follows: First, digital bodies and biodigital bodies were both part of the spectacular imaginaries of early cybercultures. Second, these spectacular digital bodies were supplemented in the mid-1990s by digital bodywork practices that have become an important dimension of everyday communication. Third, the spectacle of biodigital bodies is in the process of being supplemented by biodigital bodywork practices, through personal or direct-to-consumer genomics. This shift moves a form of biodigital communication into the everyday. Finally, what can be learned from putting the trajectories of digital and biodigital bodies together is that the degree of this communicative shift may be obscured through the doubled attachment of personal genomics to everyday digital culture and high-tech spectacle.Keywords: genomics, biodigital, bodies, spectacle, everyday

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
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Depositing User: Kate O'Riordan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:02
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 22:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29219

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