The Null Device
I've been reading K. W. Jeter's Noir recently. It's engrossing; sort
of like early William Gibson meets Neal Stephenson, only much darker and
more nihilistic. It's quite a good read, though by no means a comfortable one,
as the corporate-ruled, monetised dystopia of the book is a little too close to
the world we are moving towards, as wealth and power are increasingly
concentrated with every multinational corporate merger, bought legislators
sign away chunks of sovereignty to multinational treaties, aided by the
fact that most people care more about the latest reality TV show than the
more boring things happening around them.
(Also, the rationales for making copyright violation a capital crime,
presented in the book, are a small leap from the arguments of Microsoft and
the RIAA. As for reanimating condemned convicts into eternally-suffering
trophies: if George W. Bush's America had the technology, how else would
they use it?) Sometimes it seems as if the age of liberal
democracy (as flawed as it was) is slowly but inexorably coming to an end,
to be replaced by a new global feudalism. And while a lot of the technology
in the book may be far-fetched, the trends behind it are a bit too ominously
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