Tag: Amber Case

Amber Case: we are all cyborgs now

Cyborg anthropologist Amber Case explains how humans are already cyborgs—that by virtue of using computers and mobile devices, we have external brains. Case argues that all tool use is a modification of self, designed to help humans do things better. However, Case points out that we are now experiencing not modification of physical self, but of mental self. She also points out that we now have “second selfs” that exist online and can be interacted with, even when we are not present. This TED Talk is thought provoking in that it reminds the viewer that time away from technology is an important part of being able to use the tools now available to present an authentic digital self.


[TED]. (2011, January 11). Amber Case: we are all cyborgs now. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1KJAXM3xYA


An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology

Capture10Cyborg anthropologist Amber Case has published this dictionary of terms she finds integral to those working in the emerging field of digital ethnography. Readers will find a range of definitions, but also the wealth of resources Case used to compile the list. While playfully illustrated, the dictionary is a good starting point for anyone interested in digital ethnography: researchers, scholars, designers, and more.


Case, A. (2015). An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology. Portland: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.