The Cyborg: Technological Socialization and Its Link to the Religious Function of Popular Culture

Article by Brenda E. Brasher

  In science fiction films and novels cyborgs are technological golems that haunt dystopic and utopic chimerical worlds. Futuristic fabrications, cyborgs in this subgenre of the arts are imaginative admixtures of humans and machines that mimic human life but remain outside it. The replicants of “Blade Runner,” the T800 of “The Terminator,” Data in Star …

The Free Play of Thought

Article by Robert Allen Warrior

Matthew Arnold, the 19th-century British poet and critic, aimed, in Morris Dickstein’s words, "to direct a free play of thought onto subjects that had become petrified by received opinion." Arnold believed that the critic should, in his memorable phrase, see life steadily and see it whole. Indeed, for Arnold, the welfare of the nation depended …