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Essay sample - Cyborg and identity
Journalism & Communication
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Name: Tutor: Course: Date: Introduction In medicine, prosthesis refers to an artificial device that takes the place of a missing part of the body, which may have been lost through congenital conditions, disease or trauma. Modern bionic limbs refer to the prosthesis that are made of materials like carbon fiber and plastics, which are stronger, lighter and more realistic (TED 1)…
Discussion The relationship developed between the bionic limbs of a user and their identity is evident from the fact that they give the user a sense of being a different person – which allows them the ability to become and act like whoever they want to become. This relationship between the bionic limbs and the identities developed by their users is evident from the case of Aimee Mullins, who is known to take the roles of totally different persons; she an athlete and an artist, whenever the occasion calls for it (TED 1). From the wide spectrum of the identities that she has developed, it is evidence that her bionic limbs play a role that exceeds the functional role of allowing her to walk like the other people (Warren 38). Further, many of the users of bionic limbs are able to keep them a secret to the general public, which implies that their functionality goes beyond that of enhancing their experience of the environment, but also allowing them to identify with everybody else (Sobchack 20-22). ...
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