More random thoughts…
- MBOTF destabilizes what should be stable categories – mortals become gods, through some sort of process that isn’t explained but seems to be understood (even by the narrator, who is sure that Stormy and Gessler are heading for ascension). The Inheritance trilogy destabilizes the contours of power – mortals can take on the powers of the gods by through scrivening.
- Aside from the fact that destabilized categories feel inherently revolutionary, if not anarchic, I wonder if Jemisin is doing some sort of reading of entropy and the universal tendency towards chaos rather than order.
- In KRZ, the movement is from public to private and back. AM radio is used to deliver mass amounts of information to a very wide range. Hayles (How We Think, which I’m reading now and will review when done) argues that “dematerialized information” becomes the delivery choice of technogenesis, even while bodies resist (124).
- I thought of the stories of radio signals being picked up in dental fillings from overpowered AM stations.
- IBM develops token ring as a way to control market share, but also more stuff (hardware, expertise, and so on). They were just starting to be competed with in ways that they never had before, and their corporate response was to try to close down the market again, controlling all aspects (software and hardware).
- This also meant that IBM’s view was reactionary, based on a vision of business machines being the only ones that mattered. The ‘consumer revolution’ meant nothing to IBM, I guess, although that’s not a very complicated picture.
- This is a view that believes that competition is always solved in the most rational, explainable, and probably inevitable way. It’s natural in this view that ethernet wins this competition, because it was more portable, flexible, and better tuned with the growing consumer market.
- AM radio signals are public, immensely public. They transmit mass information to huge audiences. This fits with a very specific view of how mass communication works.
- PCs will make this way of transmission not nearly as powerful, although it still exists…