Subject: “Emotional Infectivity: Cyborg Affect and the Limits of the Human” by Sharalyn Orbaugh. You can find a version here: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/mec/summary/v003/3.orbaugh.html
1. What is the paper’s central argument?
2. Why are body and memory no longer key to human selfhood according to Mamoru Oshii, director of ‘Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence’?
3. Based on the paper and on this week lectures, Simulacra and Simulation and Digital Futures, are humans able to feel the effect, even love toward artificial beings such as the android woman Hadley?
4. Why are the posthuman entities presented in Innocence different from artificial beings such as Hadley or Lara Croft, the example discussed in lecture?
5. Harbaugh discusses that human bodies/selves are permeable. How this physical permeability make us different from artificial beings like Harley or hyper-real ones like Lara Croft?