Blog Post 2

To be quite frank, Neuromancer was a text I was strugglingly to comprehend until I read secondary sources like Mythinformation. This sub-genre of cyberpunk embodies many unique and interesting insights into the future, even for today.

To begin, I found Winner’s points of view on the idea of computers and the evolution of technology as a metaphor for revolution quite fascinating, in terms of technology becoming more prominent in the lives of people turning into a negative concept. Winner seems to be worried and embodied with the fact that technology will soon be utilized in “every sphere of life” (Winner 99), which is juxtaposed with Gibson’s view point that technology is something that should require very little worry.

In terms of Neuromancer, Case lives in a world where technology is predominantly a large part of whom Case believes he is, until the end of the novel when he realizes that he has a body per say. Case, Molly, and the rest of the squad depend a large part on technology.

Reading Mythinformation alongside Neuromancer allows for a reader to juxtapose the fascinating possibilities that the future can hold, but also advise or warn against the damages we could experience in the future. Neuromancer grants the reader the idea that even in the future people control technology and technology does not control people. ““Wintermute had won, had meshed somehow with Neuromancer” (Gibson 393), proving that the person beyond the technology can overcome and win. Gibson does not fear technology, he embraces it, whereas Winner fears to quickly embrace technology.

Personally, I find that the two pieces go hand in hand offering two different stances on one perplexing view of history, and the future in which history holds.


2 thoughts on “Blog Post 2

  1. I agree with the points you made on how in Neuromancer many of the characters depend on technology. It is true that Case lives in a world where a large part of who he is has to do with technology. Technology seems to be running people’s lives in this novel. I think you did a good job using examples to prove that Winner’s essay and the novel Neuromancer have a lot of similarities. I also thought you brought up a very interesting point that Winner’s essay helped you better understand the novel. The novel is difficult to keep up with and the essay helps clarify the different ideas of the future. However, regardless of Winner’s essay I still had a hard time following the novel. I would also agree that the message Winner is trying to give is that technology is having a negative effect of society. Although, he does bring up valuable points where technology could be used to better society his attitude tends to shift more towards the damage technology has caused. I also believe technology and innovation could potentially have a positive affect on society; therefore, my opinion is not completely one sided. There are two sides to this issue.


  2. I enjoy your points about Winner’s point of view that the evolution of technology, or the information age as he refers to it, could cause major harm to the future of humans. There will be large change in the way many things are handled. Winner believes the continued development of current technologies could cause unhealthy changes to the power of certain individuals with access to it. He states “Current developments in the information age suggest an increase in power by those who already had a great deal of power,an enhanced centralization of control by those already prepared for control, an augmentation of wealth by the already wealthy” (Winner 107). I do not agree with the Gibson’s viewpoint involving little worry for the technology of the future. The way he portrays everything in the novel it reveals the hardships of the future. All the named abuse of drugs and body modifications are something of worry brought up by Gibson. I like the point proven that Necromancer proves a point that humans could control technology. Most of the story though reveals technology having full control over humans by completely overpowering their lives. This to me feels as if Winner and Gibson both in a way fear the growth of technology around the possible negatives that could result in catastrophic effects.


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