Informatics of Domination

I am a sucker for these sorts of thought frameworks, so today I wanted to post this sample from Donna Haraway's seminal watershed essay "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century."

(Don't just take it from me … listen here.)

"comfortable old hierarchical dominations" "scary new networks"
Representation Simulation
Bourgeois novel, realism Science fiction, postmodernism
Organism Biotic component
Depth, integrity Surface, boundary
Heat Noise
Biology as clinical practice Biology as inscription
Physiology Communications engineering
Small group Subsystem
Perfection Optimization
Eugenics Population control
Decadence, Magic Mountain Obsolescence, Future Shock
Hygiene Stress Management
Microbiology, tuberculosis Immunology, AIDS
Organic division of labour Ergonomics/Cybernetics of labour
Functional specialization Modular construction
Reproduction Replication
Organic sex role specialization Optimal genetic strategies
Biological determinism Evolutionary inertia, constraints
Community ecology Ecosystem
Racial chain of being Neo-imperialism, United Nations humanism
Scientific management in home/factory Global factory/Electronic cottage
Family/Market/Factory Women in the Integrated Circuit
Family wage Comparable worth
Public/Private Cyborg citizenship
Nature/Culture Fields of difference
Cooperation Communications enhancement
Freud Lacan
Sex Genetic engineering
Labor Robotics
Mind Artificial Intelligence
World War II Star Wars
White Capitalist Patriarchy Informatics of Domination


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