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Cyborg Assaulted!

Steve PortigalPerson was signed in when posted
11:04 PM ET (US)
The wired article refers to the SXSW doc, including this line "In a strange twist of fate, Mann actually missed the Austin screening because airport security wouldn't let him on the plane with his gear."

It does sound like publicity stunt stuff - sort of a techno Michael Moore without the intelligent, relevant, and socially conscious agenda (not that you need to agree with everything Moore says, but it's at least more thoughtful than "I'm wearing a computer and you can't deal with it and doesn't that make us all think about what it means to wear a computer..."

08:42 PM ET (US)
there was also this recent wired news piece on him,1325,50976,00.html
07:50 PM ET (US)
Check out this NYTimes article on him .. he's actually a neat guy .. although I do agree this last episode _does_ make him sound like a complete crank (he fell down? twice? and almost passed out when his head hit a pile of fire extinguishers? wtf?)
05:26 PM ET (US)
You build your life around 5 'AA' batteries, you get what you deserve. There is no medical need for all of the crap that this guy wears, he attached it to himself as an "experiment". If he's become so attached to his techno-junk that he can't do the same demo with his computer that everyone else has to do, then oh well, tough noogies. It's not like this guy has an artificial heart and needs the computer to keep it running - he's become dependant (if you believe him, which I don't) on computer display glasses attached to his PERFECTLY FUNCTIONAL EYES. Crank.
05:05 PM ET (US)
I get panicky when my palm batteries are low. Is that the same thing?
03:04 PM ET (US)
Oh, that's got to be bullshit. I saw a documentary at SXSW about this guy, and there were plenty of times in the film where he wasn't wearing his computer goggles. On the other hand, he seemed very willing to cause a scene, whether confronting New York City cops who wouldn't let him walk near the vice-presidential motorcade because of his scary looking apparatus, or in a Walmart, which has a company policy that prevents people from videotaping inside one of their stores, even though they videotape everyone without their permission. So yeah, he might have really hammed it up to prove a point.

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