William Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic Essay

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William Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic

"Johnny Mnemonic," is a short story written by William Gibson. It appears in a book of short stories written by Gibson called Burning Chrome in 1986. Gibson is a writer of science fiction and one of the first to write in the new genre called cyberpunk. Cyberpunk is a type of fiction that examines a futuristic world dominated by computer technology, massive cartels, and cyberspace. In other words, its an artificial universe created through the linkup of tens of millions of machines (Gibson 904). This is the futuristic world of Johnny Mnemonic. Even though this story is very interesting in terms of science and technology, it is also interesting in the sense that this short story examines how technology
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Each is a new culture that has formed because of either their lack off technology( the Lo Teks) or overwhelming use of the technology ( the Yakuza). These two groups are totally opposite cultures existing in the same world. Neither the Lo Teks or the Yakuza are very fond of each other to put it nicely.

The Lo Teks are a culture that has disregarded almost all types of technology. The name Lo Teks stands for low technique, low technology (Gibson 912) . They are a very primitive group of people and use only the bare necessities when it comes to technology. Lo Teks are black marketers (Gibson 912). They have literally built there own world in the sky out of old scrape metal, and wood. The Lo Teks are so primitive and barbaric that they settle their disputes by fighting it out. The conflict is fought in a arena called " The Killing Floor " which is eight meters on a side. It was suspended in mid air by steel cables and swayed back and forth (Gibson 913) . Like in Rome, at the coliseum, the people would sit in the stands and watch the fights and cheer for their champion. Well the same is done by the Lo Teks, who sit and watch like these primal culture. They are also a very animalistic and bestial culture. One of their unique cultural characteristics was to implant some type of sharp canine teeth that would stick out of their mouth. This would

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