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William Gibson Interview

July 26, 2007

So I just read an interesting interview with William Gibson over at Amazon (through Boing Boing where he talks, among other things, about the effect of Google on the writing process.  One of the things he said that Google has its limits as a distraction because “You’re still really inside some annotated version of your own head.”  I thought this was interesting, especially coming from him.  I had originally hit this wall, back in the late nineties, where I just couldn’t  think of anything new to search for, and I’ve sort of been in that place ever since, only searching for things once they have already come up somewhere else.

This all changed for me when I discovered RSS, which basically allows me to aggregate a few dozen sites and read truly massive amounts of information.  So what I was originally going to say was that I disagree with Gibson on this one, but the more I think about it, the more unsure I am.  I mean, I subscribe to sites that I’m interested in, so its still sort of the same thing, just extended a bit.  Now I’m living, informationwise at least, in an extended annotated version of my own head, bringing in other peoples interests as well.  But how different are those people from me?  Probably not a whole lot.  So where am I?

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