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ERIC Number: ED408954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 7
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Diversity in Cyborg Images: A Case Study of Barry Levinson's "Toys."
Lucek, Linda E.
Associated with the cultural paradigm of postmodernism, the cyborg, in its numerous aspects, has become a predominant metaphor used to describe the relationship between humanity and technology in post-industrial information societies. This case study of Barry Levinson's 1992 comedy film, "Toys," demonstrates some of the many facets of the cyborg. The theme that runs throughout the film and the one thing that all the "Zevos" appear to share in common is their love of gadgetry, or toys. What differs between the military Zevos and the civilian Zevos are their conceptions of what makes a good toy, and what a toy should be good for. It is their mutual love of technology that makes them all exceptional candidates for cyborization. The central message of the film is presented in its first line which is, "If I cannot bring you comfort, then at least I bring you hope..." A description of some of the cyborgization indicators present in the film's characters is provided. Nine figures present reproductions of the characters and a table of characters and their cyborg indicators. (Contains 12 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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