flesh machine

here comes johnny yen again/with the liquor and drugs/and the flesh machine

All of the cyborg readings we've done really sparks my interest in studying more about whatever field it is where you consider really big things to be machines. It's really interesting to me to put together these really huge and abstract chains of causality and ascribe them agency, almost as if they were some kind of living thing. Reading the Critical Art Ensemble piece, one word immediately came to mind: Paranoia. Initially in the "those whackos" sense, but then as I'd seen it in Gravity's Rainbow, where it sort of blurs into more of a general "everything is connected" that I read as having implications about causality in general.

Tallness as a socially selected trait in capitalist competition


One last mention of pop-culture references in regard to the Flesh Machine! I remember reading this passage in Malcolm Gladwell's Blink and feeling there were people (i.e. beautiful, tall, sexy, whatever) who are, as the Critical Art Ensemble writes, "naturally selected by the structure of society itself."
Gladwell's passage seems to really hit home the point of certain physical traits being socially selected . . . in his case, tallness. What are some other physical features that carry the same sort of connotation? Is this harmful? Is it preventable?

the plastic surgery flesh machine: now you can can have j-lo's butt


Also while reading the very interesting Flesh Machine article, I was thinking about a sort of updated eugenics: plastic surgery to mimic celebrity body parts. I think this phenomenon is really bizarre, but it seems to be a growing trend. How is this any different than weeding out unfavorably-labeled people? (Ok, yes, this banishes bad noses, not actual groups of people like the Nazi effort did, but isn't this damaging nonetheless??)
This also puts cyborg discussion back into the spotlight . . . are individuals who receive "Courtney Cox's" face through surgery really cyborgs??

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