Rourke     Thu, May 1, 2008  Permanent link
I can respond no better than a new hero of mine, Marshall Mcluhan:
"To behold, use or perceive any extension of ourselves in technological form is necessarily to embrace it. To listen to the radio or read the printed page is to accept these extensions of ourselves into our personal system and to undergo the "closure" or displacement of perception that follows automatically. It is this continuous embrace of our own technology in daily use that puts us in the Narcissus role of subliminal awareness and numbness in relation to these images of ourselves. By continuously embracing technologies, we relate ourselves to them as servomechanisms. That is why we must, to use them at all, serve these objects, these extensions of ourselves, as gods or minor religions. A [Native American] Indian is the servomechanism of his canoe, as the cowboy of his horse or the executive of his clock.

Physiologically, man in the normal use of his technology is perpetually modified by it and in turn finds new ways of modifying his technology. Man becomes, as it were, the sex organs of the machine world, as the bee of the plant world, enabling it to fecundate and to evolve ever new forms. The machine world reciprocates man's love by expediting his wishes and desires, namely, in providing him with wealth."

Marshall Mcluhan - Understanding Media, 1964
Robokku     Thu, May 1, 2008  Permanent link
Haha! Brilliant! I like being a sex organ - it beats being a parasite, which is I think how I put it.

Thanks for yet another utterly engrossing link. Marshall Mcluhan is indeed super: thanks for the introduction. Having skimmed the Wikipedia entry, I have a feeling that the next post in this series will answer your question in hypertext/?="The Metaphor is the Message":

What metaphors are the message? and can Space Collective, and internet entities like it, espouse new messages in their models?

I didn't realise until now that this series and yours had much in common...
meganmay     Fri, Jul 25, 2008  Permanent link
It's interesting, i never considered that in fact, at a certain point, stair-climbing beings were the only kind of human beings, and it's only in fairly recent history with advances in medical technology that the human form has been modified and extended to include non-stair climbers...which suggests some interesting implications for the concrete environment of the future. As the creatures that make up human society continue to physically extend themselves they demand a more flexible built environment based on the continued extension and modification to the human form. The flexible society of mind that we currently inhabit electronically could be extended out into the physical world...perhaps a new, more evolutionary mythos could arise from these modifications...end reverie.
Robokku     Mon, Jul 28, 2008  Permanent link
That's interesting. Thanks for digging out this old post! The three-parter I had in mind was supposed to move along that sort of path, actually.

"The informational realm" (billed "coming soon" in April!) might just wriggle out of my head over the next few months, once I have finished dragging myself through a slow upheaval that has diverted my attention from Space Collective. The electronically inhabited "society of mind" might fit into that realm.