Tag: Snow Crash

Group D: Race and Snow Crash

“‘In new media lingo, to ‘transcode’ something is to translate it into another format. The computerization of culture gradually accomplishes similar transcoding in relation to all cultural categories and concepts” (Nakamura, 318). We saw ourselves as machines with the introduction of the assembly line, as reproducible and replaceable parts of the industrial revolution. Now, our perception has shifted to see…

Group D The End of the Book

On hackers: “They descend below this surface layer and into the netherworld of code and tangled nam-shubs that supports it, where everything that you see in the Metaverse, no matter how lifelike and beautiful and three-dimensional, reduces to a simple text file: a series of letters on an electronic page”(350) — I felt like this passage exemplified some of the…

Cyborg Barbie

In the podcast Our Quantified Cyborg selves, there is an interesting idea that the Fitbit might be a another sign that humans are becoming cyborgs. And it is interesting comparing the ideas of Cyborg Manifesto with the implied possibilities of the Fitbit. The preferred future for some, would be the possibility of better health as a result of biology merging…

Playing With Perspective

In reading the first sixteen chapters of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, I was struck by the book’s exploration of perspective. The use of free-indirect discourse  allows the tone, as well as the structure, of the text to shift according to the character in focus; placing us as readers in an interesting space between the character’s internal (their consciousness) and their…

Leaving Meat Street: The Metaverse and The World Wide Web

Neal Stephenson’s Metaverse, as a plot device, is the vehicle by which Hiro Protagonist maintains his power as a character, staying connected to his former cohort despite his noble poverty. The Metaverse as a concept is a bizarre development of the free internet of the Roaring Nineties. There, might means right and ability is nobility. This virtual environment is designed…