The Thirteenth Floor

After reading and seeing so many novels and movies that uses the same concept it is starting to get a bit boring.

Sure a world within a world within a world is a brain teaser and makes you think but to what extent toes it affect you. Well to the people who lived on a spec in Dr Seus Horton Hears a Who, their lives depended on it. In Inception and the Matrix, their perception is at stake. How one views the world is essential to his character. But in the reality we live in our perception cannot change unless we leave it, just like the main character in the matrix. Likewise, to view their world differently the characters in The Thirteenth Floor must leave their world to know what it is. The broke the set rules and drove to the end of the virtual world.

As for creating a character that is self learning  like the bartender and Douglas today’s technology is approaching it rapidly. In a sense the programmers are gods without being able to grasp their true influence. As to whether one can upload themselves into a computer, when that becomes possible, the opposite will also become possible because it is a two way connection. In that way The thirteenth Floor could be interpreted a warning showing computer programs creating their own programs etc. Then the programs which are self learning can use the connection the creators established to come all the way back to the real world where ever it may exist or if it exist.


By far my favourite technoculture book we have read so far, Ubik, tackles a vast array of issues such as longevity through something similar to cryogenic preservation, colonization of other planets and satellites, travel at near light speed and most importantly the evolution or mutation of mental powers that are not limited to reading minds, seeing the future and changing the past (which ultimately changes the present and future).
The regulation and usefulness of the characters with powers dominates most of the book, but I suppose readers wouldn’t have it any other way. What kept me reading was Pat, an attractive independent girl with the power to change the past. And even though she is powerful, she was still relatable and somewhat normal. She allows herself to be taken advantage of and have the same needs as anyone. That said, I couldn’t stop thinking about her and what was going to happen to her.
The corporate system that controlled the economy and these power pact people, displayed a great deal of underhanded activity. This can only be a reflection of today’s corporate world with the exception that people with powers were being used as tools that creates a need and fulfill the need (at a cost). Paying for anti telepaths to nullify telepaths is a good example. I suppose corporations will always capitalize on anything no matter what we do.


Neuromancer, like The Matrix expands on the belied that humans can be jacked into the virtual world of computers and machines. But it these works have not forgotten their origins. The technologies are modeled after the humans that design them. And as such human language, logic and feelings are the things that shape them.
This can clearly be seen in the super computer desires. One can see, when Armitage discuss the “Mole” virus they were running how the jobs of humans are taken over by computer programs. But the need for real human or somewhat real human(not sure if Case can be classified as a real human) still exist.

After completing this confusing novel, I find myself wondering what in the world does the title Cowboy has to do with any thing? If any one have the answer please feel free to comment.

George Orwell’s 1984

From page one of this novel, the inconsistency of the power being off during the day and the lifts not working while the telescreen jabber away has been bothering me. It is simply not possible.

Overlooking that annoying tidbit that has been nagging me throughout the book was easy when the real story dragged me in for the ride. At first I was not impressed with the over used world domination and rebellion plot. But the language aspect hooked and capture my attention.

It seemed odd that this text is used in a technoculture course (there is aspects of it such as Speech-to-text and the Telescreen which contributes to technoculture) but the soul of the book focuses on brainwashing people through language. The telescreen helps greatly, but in my honest opinion what Syme was doing to language in chapter 5 was the real issue. Taking away freedom via the restricting language and the Thought police were the main evils.  The telescreen and posters are there to make people think a certain way and to allow Big Brother to watch over them. But, it can be avoided as Winston has proven countless times.

That said, there is another key element that must not be overlooked and it is the regime ability to destroy the real past and manipulate its fictional past making their changes into truth! The reality may have been different but they made sure to erase it, leaving its citizens in a situation where they can’t prove whether the past that is archived and taught is real or not.

I found this text very amusing because the Big Brother regime is hypocritical. They did a lot of thinking and planning so that they can prevent conscious thoughts. What will happen when everyone loose conscious thought in the end? Who will lead? How will technology and creativity advance?

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Welcome to my Techno culture blog, where I will be discussing novels such as George Orwell’s 1984, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Don DeLillo’s White Noise and more!

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