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screen, and the represented body, produced through the verbal and semiotic markers constituting it in an electronic environment. This construction necessarily makes the subject into a cyborg, for the enacted and represented bodies are brought into conjunction through the technology that connects them’ ( Hayles, Posthuman xiii). The most important goal of Ordinary People is ‘unlimited’ access to other lives. For the profiled people, fame and fortune are the prospects, but the spectator’s life will change drastically as well: ‘You can go straight into someone’s life, without having to pick up a book, phone or newspaper.’ The company’s expectations for the changing lives of the websites subscribers are most apparent when the first mock-up of the Kenyan warrior is shown to Charlotte and Irene by CEO Keene. Irene
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27 asks Keene the obvious question: ‘I wonder if someone might not just visit Kenya instead' (LaM 324) to which Keene replies: I think the golden age of tourism is basically over, especially for Americans. The coral’s dead or dying, you’ve got weird grass choking out the Med, you’ve got e -coli and flesh- eating d iseases all over the place, you’ve got terrorists mowing people down in the Temple of Luxor… I mean, at a certain point, how much are you willing to risk for a two - week vacation? ( LaM 324) For Keene, the Personal Spaces are competitors to the tourist business. United Nation World Tourist Organization describes tourism as traveling to and staying in places outside the usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business or other purposes. Tourism is first and foremost a physical act; a going from one place to another. Stating that visiting the website of International Ordinaries is an avid competitor to tourism is therefore claiming that the mental visiting of another place will become a substitute for the physical visiting. In his statement, Keene foregrounds the negative effects of tourism for the tourist, stating that if you are not harmed by a flesh-eating diseases, fatal bacteria, then you will definitely be killed by a terrorist. This is rather ironic, since the tourism business is often associated with a superficial and even harmful engagement with the visited country and its people rather than the fact that tourists themselves get harmed. 5 Moreover, in Keene’s tourism analogy, the people behind the Personal Spaces are actually the ones behind harmed, which forebodes the ending of the novel. Even though tourism is often regarded as a superficial encounter with the other, merely foregrounding the negative effects for the tourist's body is stating that the only positive effects of tourism is located in the mind. Therefore, in Keene's sense, the body is only something that comes in the way between you and the Other and can therefore best be obliterated.
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