So for this image I took parts of the novel that stood out to me and put it into an apocalyptic setting that was etched into my mind as how the end of that time period came to a stop. All was in ruin, rubble and the all the peripherals came as one to take over the people and make this their world. The red cube represents not only what Connor became at one point to be on the defense during the fight but in this image it is seen as an unusual object, out of place and the center of attention. I did this to show that this cube represented resistance against the fight. I wanted to take what I imagined what the end of the world to look like and create a visual that would have elements of Gibson’s novel within it. It came with a theme that I created that from our creativity and progression of technology could also be the beginning to our own destruction. As humans we are always trying to find ways to progress and create the next best thing. To be more efficient, more effective but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes it is the simple things are the parts of life that we take for granted and we lose the sense of what we started out with in the first place. It amazes me everyday what the mind can create and that was displayed in this novel. Within this novel I got to see Flynne become part of a totally different time period and have another life that you could see she desired to be her own at one point. A sense of losing her identity was drawn within the story as it unfolded and corruption began to form. Corruption is seen today and in this foreign world that Gibson created no matter what time period it is that will never change. There is a shot of nature that is still preserved and is seen as something precious and under appreciated. It might question if technology is going to make us put nature on the back burner or create a bridge to make it become a priority. When I started this novel I would have never guessed that these thoughts and ideas about life now would ever intertwine with the story line but it proved that this fantasy world might not be that different from our own.
As I have gone through this semester there has been some changes to my digital identity. I still use Facebook as a way to reach out to family and friends but in this semester it was a way to vent my emotions through the issues that I went through. I used to just scroll through Facebook mindlessly and like posts here and there but now I actually pay attention and try to discover more. I want to know what is going on out in the world and even though some might see Facebook as a site that doesn’t give substantial information it actually does. It keeps me up to date on political issues because I have friends who post it daily. I see if there is a major news break because at the side of Facebook it does show what is trending which gives me a general idea of what is catching the attention of millions of people. Even though I have not only a twitter but YouTube, SoundCloud, Tumblr and Pinterest I realized that I don’t really use any of those. I sometimes go on them if I need it for projects for school but nothing that really ties myself to it personally. They all have my name and my picture but I haven’t put enough information on them about myself to make it a part of my “digital identity.” The only change after the course of this semester was the fact that we had to create our domain to be one that could be used for the future. From doing that project I feel that it became a new outlet professionally that I could keep updating in the future if I decide to buy my domain from the school. On my personal site not only was I able to use my name I talked about my progress in college and display all of my projects that I have done over my college career. If I could say anything from this semester it is that having a digital identity needs to be a necessity because it will give potential jobs a chance to see you and what you can do for them in the future.
From creating the term, “cyberspace” to creating a digital world phenomenon Gibson makes this novel still prevalent today. When I first began reading this novel I was beyond confused. I was never into and never experienced a Sci-Fi novel and as I went further I began to appreciate his out of this time mentality that is more of a reality back then than it was in the 1980’s. Then I was questioning why make us read this book in particular? How does this book have anything to do with Digital Studies. It dawned on me that by reading this novel it wasn’t about the fantasy and creativity that came of this novel. It was the innovation and the idea that one’s mind can have the capabilities to create such machines like artificial intelligence and that there are so much more to create, to discover. Gibson gave us that with giving millions of readers the ideas that are now becoming no longer a fantasy but a reality. There were many themes that were brought in throughout the novel. There was Case past and how that is what was driving him to get back his memories and how the hallucination transformed his on so many levels. There is one quote that I have seen all over social media sites that I believe really did have an impact on readers, “The sky above the port was the color of the television, tuned to a dead channel.” There is a way that Gibson writes that isn’t like anyone and shows in the countless awards that were given to the novel. It wasn’t that Gibson created a new world that was completely out of tune with society, it was the fact that he took a world that has already been created and transformed it into this unexplainable digitalized concept that is now the foundation for many inventions. This wasn’t just a fictional novel it was a blue print for many inventors and creators. I put a link of a video that talks about the novel. These four men are still idolizing a novel that was written in the 80’s because of how much of an impact it has had on this world. The idea that Gibson already had this vision of the future makes you realize how much of an influence he really had. I am also going to put a small article that not only talks about the novel 1984, but also tie in Neuromancer and how one could see this novel as the American Dream. The one that actually fits our reality than others who talk about freedom and rights. This American Dream is about the technology and how that is such a huge part of our culture. That is why we had this novel. It is a part of our culture and how this was one of the novels that really started the idea and creation of cyberspace.