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One last response

WARNING: Contains season 2 spoilers.

This is my last shot at extra credit, though BSG is still fresh and new enough in my mind that I'm pretty hesitant to dissect it.

Problems with race

So far, the representations of gender in the show are pretty sophisticated, I was impressed in that respect. I'm much less impressed with their treatment of race. In particular, why are all the most religious characters black? I'm delving a little into the beginning of season two here, but there's Roslin's (spiritual?) adviser (the one who realizes the importance of the 12 serpents), her guard in the brig, and the quorum member from Gemenon. It makes me a little uncomfortable...

Military Question

So, this is a embarrassing revealing of my lack of knowledge on the workings of the military, but does our military use "sir" to address women in command? Or is that a convention invented for the show?

Crake vs. the Oankali

So, we very briefly touched on this in class today, but I was interested in the parallels between Oryx and Crake and Xenogenesis. Clearly, the biggest parallel was that the human race ends up wiped out and reformatted against its will, for its own good (or so someone claims). The narration of both novels takes place at least mostly in the immediate aftermath.

Hopkinson's Anti-Posthumanism

So, this is a topic we talked about a little in class today, but since my paper is on posthumanism, I'm having a little trouble thinking about anything else, so I'm going to go for it anyways.
To my mind, this is one of the most anti-posthumanist novels we've read thus far in the class, which I find most interesting considering just how little the novel exposes us to advanced technology, since most of the storyline takes place in the primitive society of New Half-Way Tree.

Information Obsession

One of the things I found most interesting about Snow Crash was its treatment of information. Clearly in this world information, or "intel" abounds. The desire for information takes precedence over privacy, as exemplified by Hiro's experience with the Mob, described at the very beginning of the novel, "he's in their database now...retinal patterns, DNA, void graph fingerprints, foot prints, palm prints, wrist prints, every fucking part of the body that had wrinkles on it and digitized it into their computer" (6).

Heroes

I don't know if anyone here has ever watched Heroes, the television show, but whoever was in charge of the script for that show apparently loves Snow Crash. There's the fact that they also named their protagonist Hiro (though I was prepared to write that off as a coincidence, because it is still a play on words). And then I came across Odessa Texas (which is where most of the action is centered in the first season). No way is that a coincidence, right?

Tank Girl

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I haven't seen this movie in ages, I forgot just how awesome it is.
Though does the main villain really need to be an eccentric poetry-quoting englishman?

So much identity!

Though I would agree with Moller when she says that to label this novel solely as a humanist work about the nature of human identity completely misses the novel's social and political ramifications, the exploration of identity is an interesting facet of the novel to explore. It's also such an obvious part of the novel, that to ignore it is impossible. Lore has three "identities," as represented by the different tenses and perspectives, as we talked about in class. Not only does each Lore's storyline end with a convenient climax, they also begin with a birth.

Azi Musings

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So, this novel was absurdly huge, straight up finishing over break was more important than annotating at the time, unfortunately, but here it goes.

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