This blog takes its name from the final line of Donna Haraway’s 1991 essay, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.” The full quote is “Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.”
Twenty years later, we are continuing to separate the dual strands and liberate the cyborg from the embrace of the goddess. Our media continue to draw both extremes into the spiral, pushing them to dance out of control, with the goddess often attempting to lead.
The goal of this blog is to examine the spiral dance in our contemporary media landscape, including social media, emerging platforms and devices, and representations of gender in pop culture. This will include the collection of resources and the publicizing of events that may be noteworthy for those interested in the study of gender and emerging media. And because gender does not influence identity in a vacuum, you can expect to read about other relevant issues from time to time.
The Spiral Dance is edited by Kim A. Knight. Knight is an Assistant Professor of Emerging Media and Communication at the University of Texas, Dallas. Her research interests include viral media, identity and media, amateurism, new media art, pedagogical uses of emerging media, and whatever else strikes her fancy.