First blog post

** 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.


2 thoughts on “First blog post

  1. I agree that the characters in this novel utilize hyper attention as opposed to deep attention. There is almost no feasible scenario in which a character would use deep attention in the world of Neuromancer. For example, Case and Molly simply cannot afford to sit down and make an in-depth plan. Everything is just moving too fast; information demands to be accessed and analyzed as soon as it becomes available.

    While it is probably accurate that most people in 1984, the year this novel was written, would be more deeper attentive, I believe that it was Gibson’s intent to create a setting in which that type of thought and focus would be obsolete. In the same way the technology of 1984 is obsolete in the world of Neuromancer, Gibson has created a shift in the way people process information and analyze their rapidly changing world.


  2. I agree with most of the points in your blog post. Specifically, where you say that the novel is constantly bouncing back and forth between ideas with very little transition. I found it hard to follow exactly what was going on in the novel because of this. Another great point you made was that the conversations between the characters on the novel lack deep attention. The examples you used perfectly depict the hyper attention in the novel. However, although this novel was written at a time where people have more deep attention I believe the author was trying to portray what technology would do to people in the future. Case and Molly’s constant interaction with technology does show how speedily issues are resolved. You made really informed and accurate observations on this novel.


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