Essay about William Gibson's Idoru

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Idoru Idoru by william gibson is nothing less than an awe-insiring book for me. no other author that i have come across can inspire one to recreate visions of reality at the turn of every page. Gibsons books are all compelling; neuromancer (1984) needing perhaps a special mention; as this book single handedly created the cyberpunk genre, aswell as coining phrases such as "cyberspace". However, as one of his later works (1996), we are able to find within Idoru's more contempory exploration of our worlds transformation into a high density infomation-governed datasphere, an analysis of what might happen to certain aspects of humanity as technology, infomation, and a new reality converge within the global infrastructure.

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It examines the (basically exagerated, and possibly likely)new media conglomerates, the power they have, how the use and abuse it especially in relation to the world economy. One can spend pages and pages "outlining" the aspects of the world that Idoru covers; every little point begs to be interperated, and as there is such a wealth of infomation, ideas, and typographic references to modern culture, a mass of isomorphisms which reach out to one, this book is, to me, personally at least, bordering on revolutionary.

Idoru is however, not a work of classic liturature, and doesnt share much with its classical literary counterparts (Brave new world for example), but as a work on its own, within its own genre it is certainly one of the finest. Perhaps in this analysis, one should consider the usual analytical tools (plot, structure, characterisation etc), aswell as how this book could help us in predicting a (considerably less dark) vision of the future, not to mention what it is about this book that inspires one so much.

As previously mentioned, this novels plot is somewhat complicated - this however does not detract from the overall flow of the book - in a sense, the density of infomation and detail we are faced with when reading, acts as a mechanism to allow us to live the moment in the novel - a citizen in an infomtion dense society would be faced with so many details on a daily basis, it
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