So this is me freaking out somewhat because I realized halfway through the weekend that I forgot to do my post about Snow Crash...eeeeek. Let's see what can be done.
I really enjoyed this book, because, in large part, everything had a perfect degree of ludicrousness. Everything was so foreign, and so unexpected, yet, Neil Stephenson was able to make it believable, by basing the ideas in historic, scientific, sociological, or linguistic fact. However, this consistency made the advent of the metavirus very strange to me. He mentions briefly that the bitmap which is presented to the hackers and fries their brains was received from space. Somehow rife picked it up on radiowaves, but I don't get how that is even remotely sensible.
As I mentioned in class, this should be of interest to any fans of Snow Crash, or fiction in general...
The Shown Their Work entry seems especially relevant, as now I know more about Sumerian mythology than I ever cared to know.
Though somewhat of a periphery character, Juanita is arguably one of the most powerful characters in Stephenson's "Snow Crash." While most of the people who were working for Lagos are in the project for their physical power, like Ng's security and the Mafia's muscle, Juanita is in the project because of her mind, and she is the only one who looks at Lagos' goals and makes her own larger, personal goals in the project.
I've noticed that most of the other posts are about information, or artificial reality, or something like that, but I've decided to post on something that's a little closer to the range of my interests.
Both Snow Crash and Jennifer Government postulate a fairly dystopian future. Snow Crash is very much science fiction, while Jennifer Government is merely fiction, and has nothing really scientific about it. However, both overlap in their portrayals of business, corporations and government in the future.
The political world in Snow Crash resembles that of an organized anarchy. We only get a real sense of what the governmental situation in America is like, but we know that the federal government completely collapsed. The American dollar experienced hyper inflation similar to that of Germany in the early 1920's, to the point of where trillion dollar bills were almost worthless. The role of the federal government has been reduced to the equivalent of an overly proud company that thinks it is way more important than it is.
On page 57 of Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson describes the problem that the Black Sun staff has understanding Juanita's work as "sexism, the especially virulent type espoused by male techies who sincerely believe that they are too smart to be sexists." To some degree, it seems that he may be, intentionally or not, describing himself.
Well, judging by the titles of the responses that have come before me, I have chosen a well-trodden path to talk about, but it's the only question that came up repeatedly for me as I was reading, so I'm going to write about it anyway and hope that some kind of original thought manages to creep its way in somewhere.
Reality tv shows have become more popularized these last few years. Despite the fact that they're not intellectually stimulating, don't have a plot, and are probably not even completely "reality," people love them! Reading about the Metaverse made me think about Second Life, which interestingly enough, was modeled after the Metaverse in Snow Crash. Just like reality shows seem to dominate television these days, games like the Sims entertain by trying to recreate ordinary everyday activities. I personally don't understand how this can be interesting; what is the goal of this "game"?