In this age of automation and simulacra, we take it for granted that dolls cry and pee and beg to be fed, that Disneyfied animatronic bears usher us through amusement parks. For years, writers such as Paul Virilio, Sadie Plant, and Donna Haraway wove dizzying theories about the effects of technology on humans; Mark Dery once suggested that in an information-based culture, the body may wilt like "a vestigial appendage no longer needed by... More >>>