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Neal Stephenson and Snow Crash

I began to wonder as I was reading Snow Crash about the type of person who could have created such an unusual, bizarre, and uncannily eerie piece of fiction in 1992.  How was this man able to forecast with such accuracy the concepts of Avatars and the Metaverse (virtual reality)?  I decided to start researching the background of the author and was not surprised to learn that he was raised in a family that was well-educated specifically in Engineering, Physics, and Biochemistry.  Continue reading

Is a Real “Snow Crash” Possible?

I’m sure you’ve heard it before when you were growing up. “Don’t sit too close to the television!” That was a frequent quote from my parents back in the day, who were probably concerned that my eyes would be ruined or my brains would turn into mush. The funny part about this is I’m currently repeating that same quote to my 6-year old daughter on a regular basis! She doesn’t seem to believe my reasoning, just like I didn’t believe my parents. Well, who’s right in this case? Can media exposure of this intensity be physically harmful to our brains and bodies?

All right, I know what you’re thinking. What does this have to do with Snow Crash? Well, in Stephenson’s 1992 novel, a computer virus is spread around the world that has the power to not only damage computer systems and affect virtual avatars, but also cause physical harm to hackers who activate the virus by sending them into convulsions. Sounds pretty far-fetched, right?  Well, maybe Stephenson and our parents were on to something. Continue reading

One of the underlying themes in Neil Stephenson’s book Snow Crash is that of meme. Meme is a concept coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 that discusses the ability to manipulate and transmit message and meaning from host to host through the mind. According to Wikipedia… Continue reading