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is a free space, where people interact in a small group that gathered around the same interest. The subjects do go off topic often and message take on a personal note, but this is not a problem when the people are allowed to opt out and choose to not react, and when tied connections have already come into existence. The simplistic nature of social media is also foregrounded in The Social Network. Zuckerberg is represented as unsocial character who is unable to understand complicated social interactions. His mind has created Facebook, which therefor cannot encompass complex communication. The possibilities of Operating System Samantha in Her contrast the limited and strict environments since she shows that a computer can also be capable of understanding complex human behavior.
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76 The interactions with Samantha are free from any constraints and Theodore has no problem building a personal relationship with his OS. Surveillance is a recurring theme in the fictions. Even though they are claiming that they are transparent, the company in The Circle acts like a totalitarian organization in which critique on the system is not allowed. There is no possibility to opt out and any opinion that does not adhere to the logic of the company is suppressed. However, not many people are aware of the strictly controlled environment they are in. In Men, Women and Children, we see that the moment surveillance is transparent and made explicit, online users seem to adapt to the protocol that is set out for them. When it is clear for a character what type of online behavior is asked of them, the control is internalized. Opaqueness, rather than surveillance, seems to be the real issue then. Further Questions for Research The main characters in the analyzed fictions (Mae, Cayce, Charlotte, Samantha) are female. Traditionally and stereotypically, women are associated with nature, rather than with technology. In The Circle, Pattern Recognition, Look at Me the female protagonists are working in a high-tech environment and trying to figure out the social media environment. Her is giving a technological device very literally a female voice. Do the authors of these novels want to reinscribe women into the history of technology? Or do they suggest that in the future we should be more orientated towards women in cybernetics? The earlier novels in this thesis proved to be very helpful in creating an image of social media. Look at Me looked towards the future, from the perspective of the mid-nineties. Pattern Recognition is unique in the sense that a SF autho r has focused on the present time, and Gibson’s narrative is ten years after its publication applied as a perspective on current events. In this light, it might be very productive to look at authors who are currently making the move from the present and write about the ‘near past’. Bleeding Edge (2013) by Thomas Pynchon is a novel in this category, chronicling the built up of the dotcom bubble in the beginning of 2000. A major theme in the novel is the way the world is transformed by computers and the Internet. Instead of imagining where we are going, writing about the near past is a way of trying to figure out how we got here.
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