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Posthuman MetamorphosisNarrative and Systems$
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Bruce Clarke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228508

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228508.001.0001

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Communicating The Fly

Communicating The Fly

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(p.127) Five Communicating The Fly
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Posthuman Metamorphosis
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Bruce Clarke

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823228508.003.0006

The Fly unfolds the paradoxes of media in displaying the transformative power or posthuman agency of communications technology. The Fly first appeared in the form of a short story published in Playboy in June 1957 by George Langelaan, a British writer raised in France. Within a year it was rescripted and made it to Twenty Century Fox, and after that it was followed by two other versions. The metamorphic event in each version of Fly is the matrix for a recursive network of biological, technological, and narrative system-environment references. Langelaan's short story, Neumann's movie, and Cronenberg's remake are the versions that have effectively introduced new shapes into the social imaginary. And with a generation of cybernetic media culture under The Fly, its second narrative remediation in Croneberg's film probes more in the systematic of organic-technological hybridity under a first order cybernetic regime.

Keywords:   media, technology, cybernetic, culture, movie, metamorphic event, The Fly

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