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In General on May 10, 2008 at 11:41 pm

In this recent ad, which you can also view here, Puma makes use of speed legs to get its message across.  Here fact, fiction, and fantasy blend to get “you” (and who are you here?) to buy Puma shoes.  Now.  People like Oscar Pistorius use these kinds of legs to compete at elite levels.  What gives the image here its appeal, and to whom?

What Sorts of treatment for as impaired classified people?

In Disability, General, Law and public policy on May 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm

The United Nations convention on rights of persons with disabilities entered into force, 3 may 2008 after it surpassed the threshold of ratification by 20 countries. Now one has to see how the convention is used and what sort of difference it makes more info available here

What sorts of athletes should there be?

In NBICS, Peer Reviewed Papers on May 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm

This What sorts question many thought they had figured out is increasingly up for grasp again in all kind of areas. Athletes are one of them.  Who is an Olympic athlete?  Who is a Paralympic athlete? Who is….?  As a contribution to this discourse I wrote the article below.  It is an open access journal, so feel free to download the paper and of course any comment are welcome here or to me directly.

in SCRIPT-ed – A Journal of Law, Technology & Society

Oscar Pistorius and the Future Nature of Olympic, Paralympic and Other Sports
Gregor Wolbring, pp.139-160
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Oscar Pistorius is a Paralympic bionic leg runner and record holder in the 100, 200, and 400 meters who wants to compete in the Olympics. This paper provides an analysis of a) his case; b) the impact of his case on the Olympics, the Paralympics and other –lympics and the relationships between the –lympics; c) the impact on other international and national sports; d) the applicability of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. It situates the evaluation of the Pistorius case within the broader doping discourse and the reality that new and emerging science and technology products increasingly generate internal and external human bodily enhancements that go beyond the species-typical, enabling more and more a culture of increasing demand for, and acceptance of modifications of the human body (structure, function, abilities) beyond its species-typical boundaries and the emergence of new social concepts such as transhumanism and the transhumanisation of ableism.