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In '82, nobody had thought of a mobile 'phone. They also hadn't thought of an internet for said mobile to hook into.

its worth noting though, that William Gibson had coined 'cyberspace' in 1982's Burning Chrome two years before expanding on it in Neuromancer:

 

“The Matrix has its roots in primitive arcade games,' said the voice-over, 'in early graphics programs and military experimentation with cranial jacks.' On the Sony, a two-dimensional space war faded behind a forest of mathematically generated ferns, demonstrating the spatial possibilities of logarithmic spirals; cold blue military footage burned through, lab animals wired into test systems, helmets feeding into fire control circuits of tanks and war planes. 'Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts... A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding...”

 

interestingly, wiki says:

After viewing the first 20 minutes of landmark cyberpunk film Blade Runner (1982), which was released when Gibson had written a third of the novel, he "figured [Neuromancer] was sunk, done for. Everyone would assume I’d copied my visual texture from this astonishingly fine-looking film."

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interestingly, wiki says:

After viewing the first 20 minutes of landmark cyberpunk film Blade Runner (1982), which was released when Gibson had written a third of the novel, he "figured [Neuromancer] was sunk, done for. Everyone would assume I’d copied my visual texture from this astonishingly fine-looking film."

 

Yup - that quote made into a fan mag at some point, iirc. Funnily enough, the BR cityscape is not what I had pictured at all for cyberspace - it's far too dark and bleak. My vision was more like Hong Kong, but as far as the eye could see in every direction.

 

And on the social media angle... Whilst people certainly could socialise in specific 'places' in cyberspace, that wasn't its purpose. Like the internet itself, the thing was set up as a means to interact with companies and data - not other people. Even in Gibson's novels most of the interaction between people was face to face in the real world, at least until the real world was showing that people were using virtual connections more than real ones (Idoru? I need to reread.)

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'the BR cityscape is not what I had pictured at all for cyberspace'. i think you meant The Sprawl or Chiba City there.

 

as for the matrix of cyberspace, i always found it confusingly (but necessarily) abstract and really hard to visualise. key point was that people could 'jack in' and interact remotely in real time through a conceptual medium more sophisticated and far less audiovisually literal than multimedia as we know it, but yeah, although my quote above hints at the tech being democratised enough to be widely used for stuff like education and maybe even incidental frivolity, i dont remember the social angle ever being hinted at.

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i think you meant The Sprawl or Chiba City there.

 

Yeah. Dunno what happened there, but glad you got it anyway.

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i think you meant The Sprawl or Chiba City there.

 

Yeah. Dunno what happened there, but glad you got it anyway.

 

:)

 

I THINK I have everything Gibson has ever written and I assume he has spent a deal of time in Japan but I don't recall him ever elaborating on that.

 

Chiba is around the Bay from Tokyo, if you want a wild night in Japan go to Chiba, but keep your wits about you and your hand on your wallet :)

 

I've been there a few times, always with Japanese friends, it's fun, but like most such places around the world not exactly safe :)

 

Cheers

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The original movie also gained it's cult status due to other aspects

Phillip K Dick passed away just before the movies release

Ridley Scott had directed Alien

It had Harrison Ford

It was the early 80s , geeks lapped up any Science fiction film

Even in its release, there was the rumour of a second version of the movie

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It was the early 80s , geeks lapped up any Science fiction film

 

It was the Writer's Strike - people lapped up anything they could get their hands on.

 

But none of those explain why it continues to pull in new followers. That comes down to it just plain being a f'ing brilliant movie.

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I went to watch it on Sunday after lunch, I was fortunate enough to have the time to watch the original again, after breakfast, just so it would be fresh in my mind.

 

This is really a movie that you need to see a few times to grasp the entirety of the message.

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