Was Elvis a Transhumanist?
On "Three Quarks Daily," Richard Eskow makes a semi-serious case that Elvis Presley was a proto-transhumanist.
"He shot televisions, too, when he didn’t like what he saw. That makes him a pioneer in the world of media interactivity, if a slightly more violent one than those that would follow….
"Another trivia item: ‘What career was Elvis planning to pursue before he made it big? Electrician.’
"Elvis Presley was a man so convinced of his own powers that late in his life, fueled to excess by pills and ambition, he insisted to his companions that he could move clouds with his mind. And what song was always played over the loudspeakers as late-period Elvis took the stage? ‘Also sprach Zarathustra.’"
This deserves repeating: "He shot televisions, too, when he didn’t like what he saw. That makes him a pioneer in the world of media interactivity…"
That pretty much covers it, right?