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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Remember me on this computer. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Log In Sign Up. A good background in Descartes, Kant, Freud, and especially Lacan is needed for a firm understanding of this book. Jordan Adams marked it as to-read Jan 30, Trivia About Interface Fantasy Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Psoudonym rated it it was amazing Dec 07, Refresh and try again. Psychological researchers or research-practitioners who are interested in the field of human relationships and digital technologies, and are seeking a pragmatic book with practical treatment objectives or suggestions may feel initially disappointed that the objectives of Nusselder’s book lean more heavily towards a philosophical discussion of theoretical possibilities.

My own experience observing avatars in Second Life suggests that it is highly instructive to note how closely an avatar resembles its creator sitting on the other side of the fantasy screen in so-called real life!


Interface Fantasy: A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

Imagination is an important factor in psychoanalytical discourse, and Nusselder discusses it at length, from showing Descartes’s dismissal of imagination as untenable through to demonstrating its vital importance in cybernetics. Mediated Enjoyment, Enjoyed Media. Since the world as a database the matrix cannot appear to us in cyberspace without media that open it up interfacesthe interface, I claim, has a similar status to that of fantasy in Lacanian theory” p.

Precursors of Nusselder’s intology of the cyborg were evident as long ago aswhen the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT created a computer, ELIZA, that became noted as the first computer psychotherapy program in history Thomas Murphy marked it as to-read Feb 01, Chao rated it it was amazing May 28, Philosophy of Technology, Misc in Applied Ethics.

Tamhas marked it as to-read Mar 23, Lacan diagnoses science fantays technology as guided by such imaginary desires. Added to PP index Total downloads 12of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of lacaniam, How can I increase my downloads? Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Philosophy and Technology II: Nusselder puts such phenomena as avatars, role playing, cybersex, computer psychotherapy, and Internet addiction in the context of established psychoanalytic theory.

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Lee Vincent rated it really liked it Aug 15, Franklin Ridgway rated it it was amazing Sep 15, And it also legitimizes actions: 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. The author unpacks these philosophies in relation to the subject who is wired in to social media, computer games, cybersex and the like. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And it gives an intelligible overview of basic Lacanian principles including fantasy, language, the virtual, the real, embodiment, and enjoyment that shows their enormous relevance for understanding the current state of media technology.

Artz – – Ethics and Information Technology 2 4: If, as suggested, cyberspace is a mental space, then applying psychoanalytical theory to analyzing its social, cultural and individual influences makes a lot of sense. This is in the nature of the subject, not Nusselder’s writing style.

Arun Menon added it May 04, Although the writing flows nicely and is enjoyable to read, the book at times gets bogged down saying the same thing from only slightly different angles.