Life as a red blood cell in the artery of a cyborg
We live in a culture that is reliant on the automobile. This means that certain Demands which society places upon us cannot be met without a car, i.e., commuting to Work, school, shopping, etc. This is problematic for many reasons, one of which is Excessive pollution from car exhaust. But the problem extends far beyond that of ecologically detrimental phenomena such as global warming and acid rain. Human nature is being compromised by this invasive object of mass production. Our lives tend to revolve around our cars. The auto industry leads us to believe that cars are as crucial to our lives as family members and friends. The automobile-based commuter culture is pulling our species away from a possible culture which may exist in greater harmony with Nature as it integrates us all as cybernetic red blood cells traveling in arties we call roads and highways. Our cities are the cybernetic entities as out businesses, institutions, and shopping malls within them are the internal organs which thrive on an economic exchange process. Just as the human body thrives on the exchange process of respiration, the respiration of this cybernetic super-organism is what we implement by the commuting process as we, in our cars, are the cybernetic red blood cells. By restructuring a social consciousness in order to change the perception which our culture has of the automobile, we can then return our species to a culture which is harmoniously conductive to Nature.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Automobiles -- Environmental aspects;Automobiles -- Social aspects;Ecology -- Philosophy
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Mason, Steven M., "Life as a red blood cell in the artery of a cyborg" (1999). HIM 1990-2015. 167.