** I have been using an online copy of the novel so my pages may differ from yours **
Throughout Neuromancer, it is clear that the world that Case and Molly inhabit encourages more of a hyper attention way of life versus that of deeper attention. It appears throughout the novel that Case has a hard time focusing on one specific matter at hand, as the novel constantly bounces back and forth between ideas with very little transition.
A section in the novel that I would like to zone into is when Case is first introduced to Armitage, where the initial proposal of the deal Case gets involved in begins. This conversation between Case and Armitage jumped out at me as odd because of the lack of deep attention either person possessed during this conversation. Both men were unable to stay focused on one detail of the conversation, but rather would jump from one idea to another idea.
Artimage just finishes explaining a concept about the “prototypes of the programs [Case] use[d] to crack industrial banks” (62), but rather than responding to any of his comments, Case jumps to another thought, although related, it doesn’t exactly respond to the conversation at hand. Case constantly is “switching focus rapidly among different tasks” (Hayles 187) especially during this section of the novel when there is mention to many different types of technology from the prototype programs, to the the model they used to profile Case and other people in the story.
Case and Molly are constantly analyzing the world under many different schematics rather than ever once sitting down and focusing on one specific topic or strategy. I do find it odd that Case and Molly are like this in Neuromancer, because one would think that back in 1984 (when the book was published) that people were more likely to be deeper attentive, due to the fact that current day technology was not at its prime. I do concede to the fact that Case and Molly seem to around lots of high tech products throughout the their interactions in the story which could contribute to the fact that they don’t need long term focus on matters, because the technology their exposed to solves problems quickly for them.