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Author Brown, Melanie Ann Rosen
Title Posthumanity's manifest destiny: NASA, its contradictory image and promises, and popular culture
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Descript 184 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-06, Section: A, page: 2195
Major Professor: J. D. Applen
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Central Florida, 2004
One of the primary allures of posthuman theory is the promise that as we morph into our new posthuman bodies, the limitations of the human body, including inequities that exist due to gender, will be eliminated. NASA's astronauts, undeniably cyborgs in their life-sustaining space suits and space craft, are making this transformation, the astronauts themselves now seemingly faceless, both in NASA's and popular culture's portrayal of them. Rather than benefiting NASA, this transformation has in fact undermined NASA due to the agency's mismanagement of its self-portrait. Popular culture's portrayal of NASA, its astronauts, its technologies, and its leadership mirrors both the confusion within the agency and Americans' confusion with our own posthuman futures
With popular culture as our measure, it is obvious that NASA simply is not providing a convincing model of the ways in which even more integration of technology will better our lives. However, this inability to understand the potentially liberating ramifications of the dissolution of boundaries is not limited to NASA; in fact, determining whether the changes to humanity are positive continues to be a topic of debate, not just within popular culture but even in the ever-widening circle of posthuman theorists. This dissertation provides an overview of the theory of the posthuman and, using this theory, an analysis of both popular culture's portrayal of NASA and NASA's portrayal of itself, evaluating NASA's role in our journey towards our posthuman futures
School code: 0705
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 65-06A
Subject Literature, Modern
American Studies
Alt Author University of Central Florida
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