Wednesday, January 23, 2008

....And This Question regards "Snow Crash"

From classfellow Jaason, this question which will stimulate our next point of departure for understanding & better appreciating Snow Crash.

If new forms of media contain and convert into art the old forms of media, does not Stephenson run the risk of turning the Sumerian myth into art? The librarian is nothing more than a piece of software yet it is given complete knowledge of the myth. In other words, the librarian is a medium and its content is the myth. According to McLuhan, this relationship would transform the myth into art. And being an art form, the myth would necessarily lose its claim to universal truth and become subjective. As a result, Snow Crash might fail at reconciling technology with humanity. Responses?

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