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born 1948 William Ford Gibson
residence: Vancouver, B.C. Canada (area code 604)
"The future has arrived; it's just not evenly distributed."
having once failed as a concept, is in the process
of being reinvented. Information
is the ultimate mediational ether"
coined the term "cyberspace" which he defined as a surf-able 3-D representation of all the computer data in the world. (For Gibson, this "consensual hallucination" primarily concerns the transactions of multinational capital.)
"A consensual hallucination experienced
daily by billions of legitimate operators,
in every nation, by children being taught
mathematical concepts... A graphic representation
of data abstracted from
the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity.
Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding..." (p. 51)
The millennium is just a christian holiday, but the peculiar spin that's been put on that is that, as a species, we have this other consciousness, that we're nearing some sort of cusp, something really big is changing.
I think that we're there. That causes us to experience what literary theorist Frederick Jamison calls the 'Post-Modern Sublime' which he says is characterized by the simultaneous apprehension of dread and ecstasy. I think that Dread & Ecstasy R US -- that's really what I'm writing about. I get you to sit still for it because I say, 'relax, it's the future; it's just the future; it's not happening now,' but actually it is happening now. Science fiction is always written about the day in which it was written. When you go back and read old SF, it's never about the future which you are living in when you are reading it. They never get it right. and neither do I.
- William Gibson
Laney's probably a more conscious metaphor in that what he does with the nodal points is sort of like what I see myself really doing in that part of my work that some people regard as predictive. There are several places in these books where Laney says: "Look, I can't predict the future. But I am sensitive to some areas from which change is emerging." I think that's pretty much the best we can do these days, because change is both exponential and in some weird, either new or newly revealed way, out of control. You know, who's running the show? Well, nobody. That's why conspiracy theories are so popular. Conspiracy theories are big because they're comforting. Any conspiracy is infinitely less multiplex than the real deal, which is sort of multiplex to the point of being unknowable.
- William Gibson
The otaku, the passionate obsessive, the information age's embodiment of the connoisseur, more concerned with the accumulation of data than of objects, seems a natural crossover figure in today's interface of British and Japanese cultures. I see it in the eyes of the Portobello dealers, and in the eyes of the Japanese collectors: a perfectly calm train-spotter frenzy, murderous and sublime. Understanding otaku-hood, I think, is one of the keys to understanding the culture of the web. There is something profoundly post-national about it, extra-geographic. We are all curators, in the post-modern world, whether we want to be or not. - William Gibson
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