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was officially reissued and received newfound attention. The Guardian looked into 'the uncanny way in which many of Egan's futuristic visions have come true' (O’Grady ). 3 This review foregrounds: [the] dotcom start-up approaching Charlotte in the hope that she'll let them record and webcast every detail of her daily life: memories, dreams, audio, video. There is a very good and spookily prescient scene in which the dotcom's CEO explains to Charlotte how her recordings, and those of other "Ordinary People™", will offer payi ng viewers access to an authenticity they lack in their own lives. As satire, all this misfires somewhat, since we now know that no one would pay for access to webcasts of someone's daily life and thoughts; why would they, when half the world's population, it seems, is clamouring [sic] to tell you about theirs for free? ( O’Grady ) Interestingly enough, O'Grady focuses on the mediated and commodified 'real life' part of the website, but also argues that since certain aspects have not become true (mainly paying for access), Look at Me does not function as satire. O'Grady states that Egan is actually prescient of the reality TV boom, because she incorporated 24 hour webcam surveillance in her novel, long before Survivor was first broadcast. Pankaj Mishra, in a longer piece on A Visit from the Goon Squad in 2011, combines most of the takes of the critics above and states that ‘[ Look At Me ’s] adventurous and well-briefed forays into popular culture a regular feature of Egan’s fiction – have anticipated more contemporary forms of exhibitionism (reali ty TV, blogs, Facebook)’ ( 28). Mishra sees these phenomena as symptoms of a deeper and more widespread malaise: ‘the steady disappearance of reality, and its replacement with such pseudo- substitutes as ‘authentic’ selfhood’ (28). The website is seen as part of a larger 3 See for an exploration into ‘uncanny technology’ for instance Tom Gunning’s essay “Re -Newing Old Technologies: Astonishment, Second Nature, and the Uncanny in Technology from the previous Turn-of- the- Century” (2003), in which he argues that new technologies are uncanny in that they are a simultaneously new but also familiar. Technological innovations both evoke a sense of amazement but also recognition, and only work if people can recognize its predecessor in this new technology (47). R.L. Rutsky in High Techné (1999) argues that the ‘coming of life of machines’ evokes an uncanny fe eling (25). Throughout his book, Rutsky shows these ‘machine births’ in many films and novels, such as Metropolis, Neuromancer and Frankenstein.
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23 whole, and sprung out of an old ideas; the search for identity and the need to attract attention to yourself. After looking at the reviews of Look at Me throughout the years, it becomes clear that many reviewers have argued the same thing; that Egan possessed prescience of the future, but they see this foreknowledge in different aspects of the novel. In the first review, no distinction is being made
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