“The ubiquity and invisibility of cyborgs is precisely why these sunshine-belt machines are so deadly. They are as hard to see politically as materially. They are about consciousness - or its simulation.5 They are floating signifiers moving in pickup trucks across Europe, blocked more effectively by the witch-weavings of the displaced and so unnatural Greenham women, who read the cyborg webs of power so very well, than by the militant labor of older masculinist politics, whose natural constituency needs defense jobs.”
In the first sentence Haraway says that the cyborgs are everywhere but nobody knows it, ubiquitous and invisible. This is clearly an attribute that could make something dangerous. She says they are hard to see politically and materially, to me this means both the response and effect they have on society as well as their physical presence. I think it is important to discuss what Haraway means by ‘cyborg.’ To me she is talking about machines that are gaining a grip on society, almost to the point where they have a mind of their own.
How can somebody ‘need’ something when it did not exist 5 or 10 years ago? How is it possible that people depend so much on these objects that were created so recently? Haraway claims that these cyborgs are about consciousness or the stimulation of it. By this she means that they relate to the human mind and have the ability to influence it.
In the next phrase she makes a spiritual feministic claim. She says that these cyborgs or more effectively blocked, or as I see it, comprehended by weavings from a woman in Greenham than by the physical efforts of a man in the military. This is to say that the cyborgs cannot be stopped with military power or force, but by understanding and self control of an individual. When she speaks of the witch-weavings she clearly does not mean literally blocked but more blocked by a state of mind. While the soldier, incapable of this state of mine, is at the mercy of the cyborg. Whether it be a camera, website or even some new piece of military equipment.
I think an important part of this paragraph is when she says that they are hard to see politically and materially. While the things I mentioned can clearly be seen in material, that is not the cyborg, the cyborg lives in the use or the desire to use the object. The more difficult part to understand is why they cannot be seen politically, or why their effect on society would not influence leaders and their decisions. I think this is because they choose to be ignorant to the trends that begin to appear in the public and the cyborgs that begin to take over their people.
This paragraph is important to the essay because it really displays what the author means by cyborg and why she feels them a threat. As a reader, once I analyzed the paragraph, it helped me understand the paper as a whole.