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Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson
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Sep 06, 12

Read in September, 2012

I really like the opening chapter - all about the mobile vs. immobile and how we are trying to lift ourselves out of the sit down and stare at a screen culture that we have gotten ourselves into. Unfortunately, Stephenson tends to be so self-deprecating that at a certain point, it feels disingenuous. We know that he knows that he is smart.

My favorite essay was a tie between the analysis of SF subculture as uber-culture and the short story 'Spew'. The collection started going downhill about halfway through when every early 90's essay seemed to focus on the theme of 'why we should care about the putting down of wire cable' - though it may not have been a widely appreciated topic back then, I just couldn't bring myself to care that much. Likely, Stephenson would argue that my not caring is due to a waning attention span as a product of modern fast paced technology, a phenomenon that he critiques constantly and often in his 'Remarks'. I wouldn't disagree that.
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