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Human No More This page is intentionally left blank Human No More Digital Subjectivities, Unhuman Subjects, and the End of Anthropology University Press of Colorado Boulder edited by Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Wesch © 2012 by University Press of Colorado Published by University Press of Colorado 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C Boulder, Colorado 80303 All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America The University Press of Colorado is a proud member of the Association of American University Presses. The University Press of Colorado is a cooperative publishing enterprise supported, in part, by Adams State University, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Regis University, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, Utah State University, and Western State Colorado University. This paper meets the requirements of the ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (Permanence of Paper). Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Human no more : digital subjectivities, unhuman subjects, and the end of anthropology / edited by Neil L. Whitehead and Michael Wesch. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-60732-169-9 (cloth : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-1-60732-189-7 (pbk. : alk. paper ) — ISBN 978-1-60732-170-5 (ebook) 1. Anthropology—Philosophy. 2. Cybernetics—Philosophy. 3. Online social networks. 4. Computers and civilization. 5. Virtual reality. I. Whitehead, Neil L. II. Wesch, Michael. GN33.H944 2012 303.48'34—dc23 2012025788 Designed by Daniel Pratt 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To Neil Whitehead 1956–2012 Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. —Shakespeare Neil’s soul substance burst from his tired body into the larger universe this morning. Those of you who know him well realize how significant it is that a packet of vital energy such as his has come forth with a fierceness. Please allow as much of his soul substance as you can stand to enter and live within you now, so that he will come to rest in dozens of bodies and continue to burst into the world through your mouth, through your eyes through your breath and through your tears. —Stephanie Alemán (on Neil Whitehead’s Facebook wall, March 22, 2012) Of course this news isn’t believable. So in order to find out, I went to Facebook. And I’m sorry to discover confirmation that it is. Ah Facebook. Neil would have enjoyed this. —Janet Marion Chernela (on Neil Whitehead’s Facebook wall, March 23, 2012) This page is intentionally left blank ...


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