Issue 8: Bodies

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“Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere,” John Perry Barlow declared in 1996. “But it is not where bodies live.” America was getting online. Individuals could meet in chatrooms and flirt and fight without revealing what they looked like or how they sounded; they could race across vast bodies of land and sea and beyond—boosters said—the reach of governments. Even then, some critics had their doubts. In the new millennium, cyberspace merged with meatspace. Computers migrated from our desktops into our pockets and smarthomes and sex toys and medical implants. This issue looks at how bodies and technologies cross one another. Which dreams of disembodiment are worth keeping? When must we insist that bodies matter?

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