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This course is heightening my awareness of how we are ‘theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism’ (Haraway, 1991, 150).
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I was thinking about the relationship between us and the tech which we are connected with.
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The editor of the TES ‘liked’ my tweet…
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I lost part of my hearing on my fortieth birthday when a firework exploded next to me. Technology was interwoven in my resctions to this. My first response, after it was confirmed that the hearing was ‘gone’, was to take to the web and look for a more hopeful prognosis. I found both what I was and I wasn’t looking for: the answer that I wanted and the answer that I didn’t.
I then started to seek out technological solutions to the hearing loss and became an armchair expert on implants, hearing aids and cochlea stem cell therapy. However, how I recovered from the hyperacusis and the tinnitus which accompanied the loss was to switch off the technology: my research was a panic response which was heightening and sustaining the immediate symptoms of SSHL*. I haven’t – yet – chosen a hearing aid (even though it’s been over three years since the accident). I can hear well in most situations and, for some reason, I want to ‘hold on’ to my natural hearing for the moment and not – yet – accept a technological ‘enhancement’.
*sudden sensorineural hearing loss
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I thought of this image, and of my use of my phone, when I was reading Miller. My mobile technologies allow me to connect to different spheres in different ways. I can’t imagine travelling without these technical augmentations.
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I’m keen to ensure that there are visuals on my blog. The automated Twitter updates are a little monochrome. Hopefully, Instagram will add some colour. I don’t use Instagram much in RL: I mainly reside in Facebook. I’ll be interested to how the Instagram network differs from others. How will it ‘feel’?