Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 131–133 | Cite as

The Everyday Cyborg: A Review of David Serlin's Replaceable You

Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America, David Serlin, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2004, pp. 244, ISBN 0-226-74884-7. $25.00
  • Eugene Thacker
Book Review

Despite – or because of – their widespread use in popular culture, words like “cyborg” continue to elicit sleek, hi-tech, futuristic images established by books such as William Gibson's classic Neuromancer and films in the Matrixseries. In the 1980s, even cultural studies texts such as “The Cyborg Manifesto” had appropriated the term from military research to talk about the complex role of race, class, and gender in producing hybrid identities. However, one of the lessons of cyberculture is that the “real” cyborgs are not to be found in some far-off, futuristic time but in the everydayness of technology, in the very process of acclimating and habituating a culture to a technology. My students consciously and unconsciously remind me of this all the time in their early adoption of a range of mobile and wireless technologies. And more than one cultural theorist has noted that the real cyborgs are the people we see every day on the subway, going to work wearing their cell phone on their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LiteratureCommunication & Culture, 686 Cherry St., Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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