October 02, 2003

Pattern Recognition

Gibson's latest, Pattern Recognition is about a a footage fetish and the dreaming that accompanies it. I wonder if the Man in a coma web marketing idea described on the Dreamer site was any inspiration.

The book is a change from Gibson's sci-fi, the first to be set in the present, but he's still nailing concepts that most are still grappling with. We've come full circle when Gibson describes one of his characters as looking like someone out of The Matrix. His take on online subcultures, constantly monitored and manipulated by unseen and largely unknown forces, is also bleak but realistic.

There is one pattern that I recognise. VJ culture is one form of footage fetish, with clearing houses like the VJ Loop Server.

Now is Netochka Nezvanova the inspiration for "the Maker"?

Posted by .M. at October 2, 2003 09:24 AM | TrackBack
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