Terence Whalen (essay date 1992)
SOURCE: “The Future of a Commodity: Notes Toward a Critique of Cyberpunk and the Information Age,” in Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1, March, 1992, pp. 75-87.
[In the following essay, Whalen explores the cyberpunk notion of “information” and its place in post-industrial society.]
Imagine an alien … who's come here to identify the planet's dominant form of intelligence … What do you think he picks? The zaibatsus, Fox said, the multinationals. The structure is independent of the individual lives that comprise it.
—William Gibson, “New Rose Hotel”
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