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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

On becoming a Cyborg


Recently I decided to have some quite drastic surgery: I elected to become a cochlear implantee. Philosophically, I have very mixed feelings about this. I work in an environment where people communicate verbally all the time, and all the people around me are hearing, and socially a much greater premium is being placed on my ability to hear. I know the alternative is to change this, to become part of the deaf community and get a deaf-related job, where the empathis is on sign language skills - there are a few: teacher of the deaf, social worker, etc. However, I've never felt accepted in Deaf society as a Deafened person. So, what the hell, I may as well go with the medical model. I can't help getting the feeling that I'm loosing a lot by surrendering the social model of my deafness. There are a lot of good things about community - the power and creativity of people acting in a team brings good things. However, there's also loss of flexibility and a "crab principle" that excludes people from outside or makes it impossible to raise aspirations. Going round in circles..

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