injuries from technology

beware: blackberry thumb!

I somehow was never able to incorporate this into class discussion (shocking!) . . . the painful 'Blackberry thumb!' I realize my source article might be outdated for our up-to-the-second new media standards (it's from October 2005) but I find this to be hilarious. (Ok, maybe I shouldn't laugh . . . it probably would be painful).

I feel like Blackberry thumb would somehow fit into the Critical Art Ensemble's 'flesh machine;' if the technology (like handheld electronic gadgets) is impeding people's ability to use their thumbs, wouldn't that mean technology is thus sculpting the body? Furthermore, is there some twisted logic in developing something that has to come with a warning label that "heavy thumb use could lead to painful swelling of the sheath around the tendons in the thumb."

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