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    It's a bit dry but there's some intriguing stuff in here, touches on some of the stuff in the morphosis and dematerialisation threads.

    A Global Neuromancer

    ... cyberspace is a literary invention and does not really exist, however much time we spend on the computer every day. There is no such space radically different from the empirical, material room we are sitting in, nor do we leave our bodies behind when we enter it, something one rather tends to associate with drugs or the rapture. But it is a literary construction we tend to believe in; and, like the concept of immaterial labor, there are certainly historical reasons for its appearance at the dawn of postmodernity which greatly transcend the technological fact of computer development or the invention of the Internet. Are there any equivalents in the cultural past for such “belief ” in the existence of a literary image or figure? Perhaps “courtly love”—that 12th-century Cathar heresy famously denounced by Denis de Rougement1—might serve as an example; might one dare suggest that the idea of evil, as it is transmitted by literary villains and the melodramatic mode itself, constitutes another? But are these not ideologemes—schematic projections of ideological concepts— rather than objective “realities” in which we believe?

    https://www.publicbooks.org/a-global-neuromancer/

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    The Money thread too.

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    Gibson is not a good writer. In fact he's a terrible writer. One of the worst ever. But it's still a potent, though very hokey book. I don't think Jameson has anything interesting to say about it. Probably the Marxist materialism is the stumbling block here.

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    Well, if nothing else, hopefully this thread provides another opportunity for barty to say 'righteous dub, mon'.

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