Landscapes, technologies, and the labor cyborg
In response to Josh's blog post, I am in full accordance with the idea that, like the landscapes engendered in California's central valley idealized notions of the Silicon Valley as a technological "land of plenty" belie the acts of labor whose experiences are not ideal. In thinking through what constituted the imagined and veritable built environments we discuss, I am also curious by the impact of technologies in shaping perceptions of the landscapes we inhabit. Drawing inspiration from Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto, I wonder how we can imagine labored bodies as not only deliberately presented or erased, but as synergistically linked to the technologies of a given environment. Both the article and book demonstrate how the mechanical apparatuses imbedded in landscapes extend to corporeal freedoms and living standards. In offering this dimension, I hope our class discussions invoke more recognition of reflexive practices in landscape and labor formation.
Landscapes and Labor in California By: Joshua Mandell (8 October 2014)