Abstract

The 2017 live-action remake of the 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell has attracted a storm of criticism over Hollywood whitewashing the original Japanese production as well as trivializing the original’s probing investigation of cyborg sentience. This essay explores a particular aspect of the breakdown of the human-cyborg interface in the remake: the protagonist’s subjective experience of unaccounted memories as a series of glitches in her digital vision. It does so by inducing glitches—as intensive surges or noisy interruptions—in the essay’s own critical vision.

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