In the novel Neuromancer by William Gibson there is one particular theme that supports Walter Ong’s essay. The theme is that as technology advances, society becomes more individualistic and there is a sense of lost humanity. In the novel Neuromancer, the common activity is hacking into security systems, stealing codes. Society is very corrupt. “Change any codes they find posted. Kid’s steal the new ones tomorrow.”(Gibson, Page: 81). This is just one example of the way this technology run society is being corrupted. In Ong’s essay he argues that as technology advanced people became more private. He states there was a drift in human consciousness toward greater individualism as print was developed (Ong, Page: 58). Case, the main character in Neuromancer, was a former computer hacker and would make a living by hacking into security systems. It is evident that in this society corruption is at an all time high. William Gibson is portraying technology as corrupting. Walter Ong states that when print came to be the notion of plagiarism also developed. This is parallel to the novel where people are constantly hacking and stealing other people’s information. In the novel Case attempts to steal from his employers and is caught. As a consequence his nervous system is damaged which results in him not being able to hack into cyberspace. Now that he has no job he becomes depressed and has suicidal thoughts. Through this you can see how the people in this society have no regard for humanity. “The black clinics of Chiba were the cutting edge, whole bodies of technique supplanted monthly and still they couldn’t repair the damage he’d suffered in that Memphis hotel.”(Gibson Page 4) Here you can see Case’s longing for cyberspace as if it were some kind of addiction. “A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading nightly.” (Gibson Page 4)Instead of Case dreaming of people he misses he is dreaming of seeing the matrix. “Print created a new sense of the private ownership of words.”(Ong Page 58) With the print the notion of plagiarism came to be, which adds to people becoming more private because they wouldn’t want anyone to steal their works. It is evident in Neuromancer by Walter Gibson and in Walter Ong’s that people begin to lose sight of society and togetherness when technology is in the way.