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Identity in William Gibson’s Neuromancer - The Question of Identity in William Gibson’s Neuromancer      William Gibson’s Neuromancer is a science fiction novel that is seen by many as the preeminent work of the “cyberpunk” genre.  Neuromancer, like the countless others of its kind to follow, addresses themes concerning identity and/or lack there of.  The “cyberpunk” genre as argued by Bruce Sterling was born out of the 1980's and was due in part to the rapid decentralization of technology.  With the influx of computers, the internet, and virtual reality into the everyday household came technological discoveries that affected the individual.  Certain themes that are central to “cyberpunk” involve implanted circuitry, cosmetic surge...   [tags: Neuromancer]
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William Gibson’s Neuromancer is Cyberpunk - William Gibson’s Neuromancer is Cyberpunk  Science fiction somehow manages to place human characters in situations where the ideas and the thoughts of science and morality are intertwined.  Science fiction must have some idea components and some human components to be successful.  This novel seems to be a contrast to the believers in technological progress as it presents a colorful, but depressing and desolate future. The loss of individuality due to technological advances becomes a major theme in cyberpunk.  This presents a dismal view of the individual in society.  The cyberpunk genre developed from “a new kind of integration.  The overlapping of worlds that were formerly separate: the...   [tags: Neuromancer]
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The Language of The Neuromancer - The Language of The Neuromancer    According to A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature, formalistic approach represents "an approach with methodology, with a history, with practitioners and with some detractors" (73). "When all the words, phrases, metaphors, images, and symbols and examined in terms of each other and of the whole, any literary text worth our efforts will display its own internal logic" (75). However, peculiarity of language use remains one of the most prevalent aspects of the formalistic approach in literature....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 933 words
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William Gibson’s Neuromancer Fits the Definition of Cyberpunk - William Gibson’s Neuromancer Fits the Definition of Cyberpunk      What is cyberpunk. What criteria must be entailed to fall into this category. In hopes of coming to an understandable definition  this elusive category of cyberpunk I turned to the article “Storming the Reality Studio: A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Science Fiction - Preface from Mirrorshades”, to illustrate how Neuromancer follows the cyberpunk category. The first part of the definition is the “certain central themes [that] come up repeatedly in cyberpunk....   [tags: Neuromancer]
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William Gibson’s Neuromancer is the Penultimate Cyberpunk Novel - William Gibson’s Neuromancer is the Penultimate Cyberpunk Novel It could be the near future or the distant future. It could be in the biggest companies or in your den. It could be traditional science fiction or it could be cyberpunk. Technology is pervasive. There is nothing in our lives that technology does not touch; it doesn’t matter if you use it directly, chances are that something (if not everything) in your life relies on technology to function or even exist. "Traditional" science fiction, if there even is such a thing, uses extrapolation as a foundation for its stories....   [tags: Neuromancer]
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Artificial Intelligence in William Gibson’s Neuromancer - Artificial Intelligence in William Gibson’s Neuromancer      Artificial Intelligence is a term not too widely used in today’s society.  With today’s technology we haven’t found a way to enable someone to leave their physical body and let their mind survive within a computer.  Could it be possible?  Maybe someday, but for now it’s just in theory.  The novel by William Gibson, Neuromancer, has touched greatly on the idea of artificial intelligence.  He describes it as a world where many things are possible.  By simply logging on the computer, it opens up a world we could never comprehend.  The possibilities are endless in the world of William Gibson....   [tags: Neuromancer]
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Analysis of Neuromancer by William Gibson - Analysis of Neuromancer by William Gibson       William Gibson's Neuromancer sets tone 'postmodern science fiction' or 'cyberpunk science fiction.'  According to the author of "Science Fiction and the Postmodern," John R. R. Christie, postmodern requires that humans take the associations of everyday life and transform them into something different (39).Sarah also claims that Neuromancer follows the cyberpunk category.Unlike other science fiction books that we read in this class, Gibson's story takes place everywhere in this planet, starting from Chiba in Japan, Istanbul, Paris and Vancouver in Canada.  These familiar settings make Gibson's story more understandable and believ...   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 436 words
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The Dystopia of William Gibson's Neuromancer - The Dystopia of the Neuromancer The Neuromancer is a world of darkness, where the society is slowly becoming corrupted. There is violence, excessive drug use, and lack of individuality, which portray this world as a disturbed and inhumaine society. The Neuromancer is an experiment to see how the society would react if the world was taken over by computers, and everyone were only concerned about themselves and their survival. Unfortunately, it is only a test, which ended up blowing up in their faces....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 896 words
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The Horror of Dystopia Revealed by Neuromancer - The Horror of Dystopia Revealed by Neuromancer When William Gibson's futuristic novel Neuromancer  was first published, it seemed farfetched that technology could reach the level of sophistication he described. Science fiction movies have since repeated and expanded upon this theme, portraying corporate anxieties and paranoid fears of people to be controlled by aliens, man-made machines and artificial intelligence. Neuromancer takes us into the subculture of cyberpunk, a dystopia of an amoral society ruled by abstract powers....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays]
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William Gibson's Neuromancer - Syntactic - Throughout William Gibson's Neuromancer, the text shows many ways of using the syntactic rhetorical strategy. Within the text, many examples show a break in perception or explain quickly areas that span over a long period of time. For all of these reasons Gibson cleverly uses the syntactic approach to allow his readers the freedom to make their own assumptions and to illustrate his plot in this novel Neuromancer. Whether it be changing the point of view from inside the Matrix to indicating Case catching up on some sleep, Gibson constantly uses this great rhetorical strategy to illustrate his many different scenes....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 582 words
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Free Essays - William Gibson's Neuromancer - Neuromancer Neuromancer revolutionized the way people look at technology. Many people were scared of "cyberspace". They felt it would change the way the world was run. Some even thought that meals would begin to be served in pill form, and the world be ruled by darn dirty primates. Throughout Neuromancer we see a very vivid dystopia. We see our first sign of the dystopia in chapter one. It begins with Case, whose name fits him very appropriately. He treats his body as an object. He uses it just to log onto cyberspace....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 507 words
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Transcendence and Technology in William Gibson's Neuromancer - Transcendence and Technology in Neuromancer         "Where do we go from here?" Case asks near the conclusion of William Gibson's novel Neuromancer (259). One answer suggested throughout most of the narrative is nowhere. True, geographically we are whisked around the urban centers of Earth in the near future, Chiba City, the Sprawl, Istanbul, and then to the orbital pleasure domes and corporate stronghold of Freeside and Straylight. The kind of movement to which I am referring is not overtly physical, though....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays]
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Using the Formalistic Approach to Analyze Neuromancer - Using the Formalistic Approach to Analyze Neuromancer The formalistic approach to an open text allows the reader to decide what is important about the words on the page as well as the reasons and actions of the characters themselves. The reader is then able to derive a reasonable explanation for the plot or even an overall theme of the text. "According to the Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature "when all the words, phrases, metaphors, images, and symbols are examined in terms of each other and of the whole, any literary text worth our efforts will display its own internal logic" (Guerin 75)." When practicing the formalistic approach, the reader must scrutinize the text for to...   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 992 words
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Gender Reversal in William Gibson's Neuromancer - Gender Reversal in Neuromancer In a world where beauty is literally a small price to pay to achieve. When reading the novel Neuromancer it is not a surprise that all the women described are not dubbed social unacceptable. In contrast they all have important roles: Molly is a street samurai, 3Jane is a leader of a world dominating family, Marie-Frances is a silent manipulative mother, and Linda Lee is, well okay she fits the stereotype of the girlfriend in most books. Stereotypical is not the definition used to describe the relationship between Molly and Case....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 853 words
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Apathy and Addiction in William Gibson's Neuromancer - Apathy and Addiction in Neuromancer     In the postmodern world of William Gibson's Neuromancer, nature is dead, and the world is run by the logic of the corporate machine. Confronted by a reality that is stark, barren, and metallic, and the hopelessness that this reality engenders, the postmodern protagonist, like Case, often immerses himself or herself in an alternate form of reality that is offered in the form of addiction (to virtual reality or drugs, for example), addictions that are made possible by the same society that makes an escape desirable....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays]
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The Surreal World of William Gibson's Neuromancer - The Surreal World of Neuromancer Neuromancer, written by William Gibson, opens with the reference to a blank television screen. This symbol of an altered, incomplete world is made reference to throughout the novel. This altered world leads to a dystopia with technologically altered human beings sleeping in coffins, and dependent on drugs. Because of this harsh life, the people are left in a harsh world where they must learn to form friendships with others who can get them the supplies that they need....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 636 words
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The Many Themes of William Gibson's Neuromancer - William Gibson's Neuromancer is a complex story that deals with the future computer technology and the impact on the lives of the world citizens. There are themes of love, betrayal, trust, and forbidden knowledge within each of the story lines of the book. These story lines give a human quality to a world that is described as being controlled by computers and technology. Also throughout the book Gibson brings in the ethical and moral values of the debate over what cost humanity takes as technology advances....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 1130 words
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The Dystopian Future of William Gibson's Neuromancer - The Dystopian Future of Neuromancer In reading a text like this one can look at it through the formalistic approach and gather aspects on different perspectives. In HCAL it instructs a reader to analyze a specific text by seeing the setting, certain styles, imagery, form, and texture. In William Gibsons book Neuromancer all these approaches can be seen. The novel takes place in the future and how Gibson portrays it will be. Every place is dark and gloomy with an illusion of dystopia; despair and unhappiness....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 953 words
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Use of Repetition, Word Choice, and Imagery in Neuromancer - Use of Repetition, Word Choice, and Imagery in Neuromancer While reading "Neuromancer", one may become extremely baffled if he or she cannot interpret the terminology used or the framework in which the book is written. Hence, the use of the formalistic approach is necessary in order for the reader to actually understand the concepts trying to be declared by Gibson. Through the formalistic approach one can begin to see that Gibson uses repetition, and specific word choice to set the tone for the novel, and imagery to relate the content of the book to the lives of his readers....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 720 words
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Effective Use of Color in William Gibson's Neuromancer - Effective Use of Color in Neuromancer As I sit in my chair and type this essay, I am amazed to see myself staring into the computer next to me and wondering if William Gibson was indeed correct. The screen, which is a dark gray, has been put on "sleep mode" by Windows 98 but has not been powered off. It is not only the monitor that troubles me as I stare blankly into it, but rather, it is "the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." This is how Gibson touches the reader in Neuromancer....   [tags: Neuromancer Essays] 620 words
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Realities Redefined in William Gibson's Neuromancer - Realities Redefined in William Gibson's Neuromancer The ways in which characters communicate and interact with one another are redefined in William Gibson?s Neuromancer. An all-encompassing web of intrigue, the Net enables humans and non-humans to access and to communicate an infinite amount of data across time and space. Medical implants open another door on virtual communications. Non-living entities such as artificial intelligences and the Dixie Flatline construct overcome the physical barriers of communication....   [tags: Neuromancer Gibson William Essays]
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Shaping Identity in William Gibson's Neuromancer - Shaping Identity in William Gibson's Neuromancer The number “one” is not a thing. Math has no definitive reality. Numbers are a social construct, a system of symbols designed to express the abstractions through which properly developed societies explain aspects of reality. It follows that, as humanity seeks to understand more of what it is to exist, bigger numbers are needed. Soon, we need machines to understand the numbers. Society plants a base on information technology, efficiency, and a mechanical precision that is startling....   [tags: Numbers Gibson Neuromancer Identity Essays]
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Neuromancer - The life of a human being is defined not only by their own definition by character or nature but also by external influences such as environment and development. It is only natural for a human being to be inter-connected with surroundings and to be a part of the actions and events around him /her. Due to the nature of the human mind in which we use to improvise upon existing methods of improving quality of life and comforts, the world has evolved into a place of complex technological development....   [tags: Literature Review] 1515 words
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Comparing God and AI in Neuromancer - Parallels between God and AI in Neuromancer The world of "meat" provides the base for much of what happens throughout William Gibson's novel Neuromancer. The lives of characters are shaped by their flesh and blood experiences. The realm of artificial intelligence (AI) is the base for all of the events that are central to the life of a character. All events and lives are under control of the AI, and all things serve the AI's purpose. The matrix serves to mash the two realms together, in times and places where AI cannot physically control the meat....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 921 words
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Neuromancer - Neuromancer-Creative Writing No one ever really thought that Skymat would ever end up looking the way it did, or run the way it is run. In the early 21st century the Ceo of Microtel and the Owners of Cybertech Inc., and Logics Inc branded together to start a colony of Americas most aristocratic citizens and put them somewhere. That somewhere took 4 years to decide and only after hundreds and hundreds of hours on consultation and thought, did Jean Marque Luquette of Logics decide that it could be done in the sky of our Earth....   [tags: Creative Writing Examples] 1374 words
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Feminism in William Gibson's Neuromancer - Feminism in Neuromancer Neuromancer is an amazingly complex novel. Being one of the first of its kind, Gibson tells a chilling tale of a world where computers, and a thing called " the matrix," become more "real" than reality. The story, set in the not-so-distant future, has our hero, Henry Dorsett Case, embarking on an adventure that stretches the limits of the reader's imagination. But even though Case is our main character, there are others with as much or more power and influence. Women play a significant role in aiding Case throughout his mission....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism] 711 words
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Cyberspace in William Gibson's Neuromancer - Cyberspace in William Gibson's Neuromancer As described by William Gibson in his science fiction novel Neuromancer, cyberspace was a "Consensual hallucination that felt and looked like a physical space but actuallly was a computer-generated construct representing abstract data." Years later, mankind has realized that Gibson's vision is very close to reality. The term cyberspace was frequently used to explain or describe the process in which two computers connect with each other through various telephone lines....   [tags: essays research papers] 693 words
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Feminism and Gibson's Neuromancer - Today many women are stereotyped in their jobs and social roles as defined by society as a whole. William Gibson's Neuromancer where one woman is used for specific reasons. The female character, Molly, is used for sex and her body is used for other sexual performances. In this book we find numerous examples of how she is being used sexually and how she must act in her job to survive. The author uses horrific examples that are related to how some women are treated today. The feminist approach is used throughout this book because of how the character Molly is being treated....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism] 537 words
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Comparing the Theme of Technology Versus Nature in Frankenstein and Neuromancer - Technology Versus Nature in Shelley’s Frankenstein and Gibson’s Neuromancer         At first glance, a comparison of Shelley’s Frankenstein and Gibson’s Neuromancer could seem rather irrelevant having in mind that these two works are separated by more than a century. During this lapse of time, humanity has witnessed profound changes at a breath-taking speed. The partly Gothic and partly Romantic world of Mary Shelley is quite different from the reality Gibson predicts. We could not say, however, that there are no links between the two....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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William Gibson’s Neuromancer: the Creation of a Language - William Gibson’s Neuromancer: the Creation of a Language Published in 1984, Gibson’s Neuromancer, with its vision of technological and impersonal life in the twenty-first century, echoes George Orwell’s ironic commentary on the controlling and dehumanising bureaucracy associated with post-war society. Writing in an era when technological and scientific advances are increasingly prominent, often to the detriment of humanity, Gibson differs from other science fiction writers in that he uses existing contemporary themes and issues, forecasting a possible and believable future and simultaneously providing a commentary on late twentieth-century society which his audience can relate to....   [tags: Essays Papers] 692 words
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A Comparison of Neuromancer and We So Seldom Look on Love - Considering that there are many different levels of realism, I have chosen to focus on Neuromancer by William Gibson and We so Seldom Look on Love by Barbara Gowdy. The stories explore the boundaries of realism by using similar elements. The most obvious one is the margin between life and death, which these two stories address. The main characters separate themselves from society's idealistic realism. Nevertheless, where is their identity placed when living in a different realism. How does one understand the reality of a person with a fragmented mind....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 881 words
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Negative uses and effects of Technology in Neuromancer in connection to Avatar and Modern Cyber-warfare articles - Technology has undergone a revolution which made humans lives simpler and added many benefits to the world. Everyday, technology is constantly being improved and there are new inventions developed to run million-dollar businesses. However, technology can be considered a two-sided blade as it can be used for legitimate purposes as well as for wrongdoing. Almost everyday, countless computers and databases are hacked by cyber criminals who are scattered around the globe. Unknown hackers can range from petty thieves to high level government forces....   [tags: Physical Awareness, CIA Members]
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Contrasting The Styles of CS Lewis and William Gibson Using Neuromancer and That Hideous Strength - Contrasting The Styles of CS Lewis and William Gibson Using Neuromancer and That Hideous Strength The styles of C.S Lewis and William Gibson occupy opposite poles in the Science fiction realm; chronologically, sub-genre-wise, and most importantly, in terms of style. They differ significantly, in terms of use of language, tone and personal philosophy. Yet both are brilliant examples of great science fiction. Style is one of the most important elements in any written work, perhaps as much so as content....   [tags: Compare Contrast Literature] 1996 words
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Comparing Culture in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Pride and Prejudice, and Neuromancer - Culture in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Pride and Prejudice, and Neuromancer America was formed on the basis of culture. Many different cultural backgrounds flocked to this one area and in the process many existing cultures were destroyed, while the new influx of humanity meshed to create an American culture. This constant flow of cultures from all over the world has kept the American culture in a state of flux. Each historical period has presented its classical viewpoint of American culture through the eyes of its most accomplished authors....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Eighties Cyberpunk - Eighties Cyberpunk In the early 1980's, cyberpunk was used as a label to describe a new form of science fiction written by a group of five writers, which challenged the traditional genres associated with science fiction (Shiner, 7). SF used highly imaginative ideas to project scientific phenomenas, resulting in dreamy, stylized stories of space colonies and flying space crafts. This new science fiction was different, because it incorporated present global, social and technological situations to help induce the future of the world....   [tags: Science Fiction Literature Essays Papers]
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Materialistic Dystopia - Max Barry's Jennifer Government and William Gibson's Neuromancer each depict a dystopian image of the world. In both novels, greed and consumerism become the vice that plagues humanity. Materialism is no longer abstract, but a way of life in these alternate realities. Corporations maintain control over the products they sell as well as the individuals they solicit to. Characters in each novel become victims of corporate tyrants when production precedes compassion. Jennifer Government and Neuromancer portray mass consumerism and human exploitation resulting in a societal dystopia....   [tags: Comparative, Literary Analysis, Barry, Gibson] 1702 words
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History of the Internet - Background The Net Generation is a popular term used to describe children born after the development of the Internet, a publicly available Global Communications Network. It was first used in 1998 by Donald Tapscott; a social commentator observing how young people were using new Internet technologies, such as the World Wide Web (WWW), with apparent ease and confidence. When the term first appeared, it was quickly circulated via the Internet and the attributes assigned to the Net Generation were rapidly adopted by the popular media....   [tags: internet]
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The Works of William Ford Gibson - In 1984, Neuromancer, the debut novel of a largely unambitious American-Canadian named William Ford Gibson was published. Opening with the line, “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel,” Gibson unwittingly tapped into the emerging literary and artistic aesthetic known as cyberpunk, realized previously in the form of films such as Blade Runner and in the works of fellow science fiction writers such as Bruce Sterling. In Neuromancer, a disgraced ex-hacker named Henry Dorsett Case, who has been literally drained of his talents after attempting to double-cross his last employer, is hired by a mysterious benefactor willing to restore his talents for the ultima...   [tags: Cyberpunk Hacker Hacking]
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Cyberpunk Definitional Paper - Cyberpunk Definitional Paper In the late 1970's and early '80's and new type of writing style came about that relied on many of the traditional criteria to be called science fiction, but had a certain something else that had many people agreeing that it was not just science fiction. This new style of writing was so different and so many people started writing in this style that the general public decided that it was time this genre of writing deserved a label: cyberpunk. Cyberpunk is not an easy group of writing to define on paper, but it is easy to spot when one is reading it....   [tags: Science Fiction Definition Essays Papers]
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The Women of Cyberpunk - The Women of Cyberpunk Women have always been on the fringes of the science fiction writing community. Not only have there been few female writers, but few female characters of substance have explored the universe, battled aliens, or discovered new technologies. Even in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), considered by some to be the first science fiction novel, Elizabeth, who is the major female character, does little more than decorate Victor's arm, snag his heart, and eventually contribute to his self-destruction....   [tags: Science Fiction Literature Writing Essays Papers]
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Dark Images of Cyberpunk - Dark Images of Cyberpunk Works Cited Missing With the publication of seminal works such as Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, science fiction has always contained an appeal to the underground culture. Her Gothic visions of human behavior became the inspiration for works such as Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Isaac Asimov's I, Robot series. Though the beginning emphasized utopian societies, science fiction progressed to include a future quite different from the present. Visions of flying ships, lasers, and travels to far off space colonies inundated these works....   [tags: Literary Movement Technology Essays Papers] 1152 words
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Japan's Anime and Cyberpunk Genres - Japan's Anime and Cyberpunk Genres Anime films are cartoons, usually from Japan, with adult subject matter. Despite the prevailing American view that cartoons are for children, Japanese view anime as a legitimate art form that is appropriate for adult viewing. Anime subjects vary widely from soap opera drama, to medieval adventures, to science fiction. Many of the sci-fi anime films exhibit traits that are common to the cyberpunk ethic. Cyberpunk as a genre seems to defy a precise definition, but several common themes can be used to exemplify what ideals the "movement" represents....   [tags: Cyberpunk Anime Films Literature Essays Papers]
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The Definition of Cyberpunk - The Definition of Cyberpunk In Bruce Sterling's article, "Cyberpunk in the Nineties," he explained how public opinion had defined himself, Rucker, Shiner, Shirley, and Gibson as the cyberpunk "gurus" in the 1980's. Because of being labeled cyberpunk "gurus," the public had come to understand the definition of cyberpunk as "anything that cyberpunks write." To break this definition of cyberpunk established by popular public opinion, I will pursue giving cyberpunk a more definite definition. After reading numerous cyberpunk fiction stories, I noticed reoccurring themes in these stories....   [tags: Science Fiction Literary Genre Essays Papers]
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Cyberpunk Through Shadowrun - Cyberpunk Through Shadowrun Works Cited Missing Cyberpunk has suffered through many definitions during its growth, from author Bruce Sterling's original assessment in the preface to Mirrorshades to his latest appraisal of the movement in his article, "Cyberpunk in the Nineties." Throughout its evolution, some consistent points have been made that one can mold together to form a definition of cyberpunk: a sense of bleakness, technology's dominant effect on the world, and a tendency to showcase the illegal points within the culture....   [tags: Literature Science Fiction Writing Essays Papers] 1063 words
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Free College Admissions Essays: Physics and Philosophy - Physics and Philosophy Physics has always been the science that interests me most. It seems to me that physics tackles fundamental questions about the universe and it feels more relevant than other sciences. I enjoy experimental work in physics but do sometimes feel limited by the resources available at my college. I would like the chance to use more sophisticated equipment to investigate more advanced level physics. Actually doing some of the important experiments of the last century, such as Rutherford's proof for the existence of the proton would add a new level of realism to particle physics....   [tags: College Admissions Essays] 622 words
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Postmodern Materialism And Subsemantic Cultural Theory - Postmodern materialism and subsemantic cultural theory 1. Structuralist rationalism and the subcapitalist paradigm of reality In the works of Gibson, a predominant concept is the concept of patriarchialist truth. The primary theme of the works of Gibson is not narrative, but neonarrative. But the closing/opening distinction prevalent in Gibson's Neuromancer is also evident in Idoru, although in a more mythopoetical sense. Lyotard's model of subdialectic Marxism suggests that the significance of the poet is significant form....   [tags: essays research papers] 569 words
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Writing Cannot be Altered by Technology - Writing Cannot be Altered by Technology The term “cyberculture” is derived from the word “cyberspace”. William Gibson’s science novel “ Neuromancer” predicted a world that man and machine merge to become a cyborg (Tribble and Trubek: 521). This prediction became reality during the end of study of the 1990s when cyberculture began to flourish. This culture exists within several cultures here on earth. Some may ask, what is cyberculture. Cyberculture studies cover the examination of the subject and the forming communities within the realms of those networked spaces that are being created through technological devices and amplifications (Silver)....   [tags: Teaching Writing Education Essays]
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The Internet and Theories of Fantasy - The Internet and Theories of Fantasy [Summary. This paper analyzes the work of Bertolt Brecht in relation to fantasy and reality. Theatre and the Internet today, reach several parallels this paper attempts to uncover; and also to answer the question is it ever really there at all. In conclusion this paper will make not that the internet is really just a space of play.] Brecht used epic theatre to bring forth an idea or meaning for the audience to consider while entertaining the audience. Epic theatre involves the use of alienation techniques to distance the viewer from the story but still concentrate on the overall meaning....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Draconian Internet Laws in Australia -    The Internet is a revolutionary new medium that has provided people the world round a new medium of communication.  In "cyberspace" as the Internet has been nicknamed, everyone can have a voice and it is relatively easy for one person to reach a very large audience.  In addition to revolutionizing the way messages are broadcasted, cyberspace has also revolutionized peer-to-peer communication.  E-mail and instant messaging have become a very convenient method of communication for many people, oftentimes replacing the use of telephones and conventional postal mail.  However, the new methods of communication emerging on the Internet have also created a new communication medium for criminal...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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