“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Nonhuman Agency

A gun, not a person, killed a 7-year-old boy outside a gun store yesterday near to Pittsburgh. The father's gun.

"Guns don't kill people," right?

I'm not just making a point. OOO has political implications. Nonhumans are already on the inside of social space.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am confused on how OOO helps here. I understand the need to reject the NRA bumper sticker propaganda, but how is the death of child, killed when his father accidentally discharged his own gun, an example of nonhuman agency. Do you want to claim that the gun went off on its own? Where is the agency here? These are all serious questions.