Narrative influences from the internet

In class, we were asked to ponder how this text was obviously written after the development and proliferation of the internet. After tearing through the first half, I can see a lot of narrative devices that could parallel or be representative of certain aspects of the internet.

A lot of the action in this text is derived from the existence of streams of information propagating from people and objects in the real world. The idea of a seperate, metaphysical world made up of information that is intertwined with our own is the internet. While Hall’s narrative never really deals with the internet directly, I could imagine him finding inspiration in the current state of our digital culture. The Ludovician shark could be seen, then, as some sort of virus, indiscriminately tearing away at the ‘hardware’ it comes across. Maybe that’s a stretch, but those are some thoughts.

Another interesting narrative element of this book is how it seems to be made of many different ‘worlds.’ There is the world of Eric Sanderson when he really knew Clio, the adventures of the first Eric Sanderson, the story we are reading, un-space, and so on. This bleeds into our own world (let’s call it the prime reality) as well. Apparently, metatextual items exist throughout the real world and the internet for the book. Referred to as ‘un-chapters,’ these apparently fill out the story, and probably add more confusion and dimensions to an already challenging narrative. I haven’t read any of them yet, but they’re supposedly out there if anyone wants to do some searching.

-W.Oliver

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~ by wro1 on January 13, 2013.

 
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