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to the core of her life than Bigend, Blue Ant, Dorotea, even her career. She doesn't understand that, but knows it’ ( PR 78 ). Her love for the footage is something she has ‘in common with Parkaboy, and Ivy, and many of the others. It is something about the footage. The feel of it. The mystery. You can't explain it to someone who isn't there. They'll just look at you. ( PR 78). The people Cayce emails with and talks about the footage turn out to be valuable connections, who help her when she in trouble, even though they are on the other side of the world (Moscow vs. London, Chicago vs. Tokyo,). For her, one of these friends Cayce met through the forum is Parkaboy. She knows nothing about Parkaboy, ‘other than that he lives in Chicago and, she assumes, is gay’ ( PR 40). The relationships formed online are ‘hugely comforting’ and like ‘psychological prophylaxis’ ( PR 51), and are considered to be people who keep her healthy and sane. Cayce does not only talk on the forum about the film. At moments she is scared for her safety (she discovers someone broke into her apartment and used her laptop), she thinks of the forum: Not the first time she's used F:F:F that way. She wonders, really, if she ever uses it any other way. It is the gift of "OT," Off Topic. Anything other than the footage is Off Topic. The world, really. News. Off Topic’ ( PR 48). The forum offers a place of recognition and stability. Even the chat room on the site, which Cayce does not find necessarily comforting is compared to a physical space: ‘ It's strange even with friends, like sitting in a pitch-dark cellar conversing with people at a distance of about fifteen feet ’ ( PR 5). In juxtaposing the forum as a familiar café, and the alienation she experiences towards the environment she is presently in, Gibson invokes McLuhan’s idea of the ‘global village’ , coined in The Gutenberg Galaxy in 1962. In its original meaning Mc Luhan uses the term as follows: ‘The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village’ (31). Since information can be transferred from every corner of the world at every moment in time, people can experience events from other parts of the world in real-time because of the media. Now, the global village is often used as synonym for the Internet. For the Internet it means that physical distance is not relevant anymore for the real-time communicative activities between people. In Pattern Recognition, Gibson plays with the idea of physical and emotional presence and closeness.
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39 Physical Labor for a Virtual World The forum’s dependency on the people behind it is often foregrounded in the novel. When a discussion tends to derail, Cayce posts a message reminding everyone who makes the site possible: ‘[An argument] always happens when we forget that this site is only here because Ivy is willing to expend the time and energy to keep it here, and neither Ivy nor most of the rest of us enjoy it when you or anyone else starts yelling. Ivy is our host, we should try to keep this a pleasant place for her,
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