Regarding: Neuromancer, postmodernism and cyberpunk

Fredric Jameson (of Postmodernism; or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism fame) looks “closely at the notion of cyberspace in Gibson, in order to see what it involves” and argues The new postmodern abstraction is the abstraction of information as such: the way in which the seemingly concrete visual image is already abstract by virtue of its transmission in advertising; it is a visual cliché and no longer merely a conceptual or verbal one. And it is precisely this new kind of abstraction which it was the unique vocation of cyberpunk to convey in literary form.

Further; “Gibson’s cyber-space is an abstraction to the second power. The initial metaphor of a city for an information network is a first-level abstraction; then the representation of that city by the abstractions of the architects raises it to a second power. In cyberpunk this second-level abstraction is to be read by being navigated, and the camera eye of the novel moves through them, as we have seen, following their openings and canyons, skirting their barriers, moving ever deeper into the nonexistent space of these new systems

Read the rest of the essay at Public Books

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