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William Gibson's Neuromancer.

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Introduction

William Gibson is well known for driving his cyberpunk knowledge to the limit of imagination, depicting possible realities of tomorrow. I definitely disagree with the critics accusing him of writing anti-humanist novels that glorify technology and downgrade human society in the name of progress. I believe that these opinions and critics are mainly based on the idea of the Neuromancer as an unreal ultramodern world, where human society and individuality are relegated by technology. According to Gibson's future world, technology becomes more than fundamental, which is one of the reasons why some people (possibly technophobes) are shocked as shown by the critics. It is therefore the purpose of this essay to justify that William Gibson's Neuromancer is not an anti-humanist novel. Negative criticisms about Gibson's writing accuse him of pushing reality to the extreme where the materials of our own expertise are valorized over human values of society. Indeed, Gibson created a fictive, futuristic society where mankind could be shuddered considerably. ...read more.

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It is what lies behind human's desire to aspire for more, more production, more profit, more at any price. In the long-term case, we cannot envisage accurately the far future, future generations will have to live with the consequences of insatiability for achievements. Hence, although Neuromancer is set in the future, it is also about the present. The world that Case and Molly inhabit is fundamentally our own because it represents both what we have become and what we are on the edge of becoming. Indeed, Gibson based his story on today's real society, his ideas being consistent, and parallel to the evolving aspects of the present. Nowadays, we all rely or depend on technological aspects to subsist, technology having the ability to save the life of every individual. Like the creators of the futuristic AI, the health scientists of the present strive to extent life to the utmost. Because it involves the overall benefits of multi-functionality and efficiency, technology is imposed on the whole population. ...read more.

Conclusion

Therefore, it does not lead to an anti-humanist novel. Gibson's literary work actually brings scientists and engineers to engender new technologies, bearing in mind the many possibilities (...ways?) of the future depending on one of them. Gibson gives us the opportunity to discover one of those possibilities by realistically depicting a fictitious cyberpunk world. Technology is essential in human evolution. Nothing ever significantly stopped its growth since prehistory. I believe that Gibson was reasonable in portraying his very well described future. We should consider that the fictitious world of Gibson in Neuromancer was based on facts of the modern time period. He does not seem to wish for the end of the world or definite pessimism for humanity. In his imaginative masterpiece, he does however, design many difficulties for his characters in perilous moments. Like any piece of art, constructive criticisms are sometimes very well taken and appreciated by its author. Conversely, the opposite also happens no matter how stunning the success is. No artist has yet succeeded in convincing the entire planet's population in believing in their creation, and thus far, it might never happen. ...read more.

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