After reading the critical essay “Mythinformation” by Langdon Winner and the novel Neuromancer by William Gibson they both articulated complementary ideas. In the essay Winner explains all the benefits technology could have on society. However, he goes onto explain that there is no direct link between technology and power or democracy just because there is easier access to more information. In the novel the characters have all this technology at the tip of their fingers allowing them to perform task quicker and with less of an effort. This shows how people begin to take this easy access to information for granted becoming more ignorant instead of better informed. In the novel many characters are illiterate even though there is this surplus of information. For example, in the essay it is stated that public participation in voting has steadily declined as television replaced the face-to-face politics of precincts and neighborhoods. This trend applies to other aspects in life as well. Winner goes onto explain that as technology advances those in power will only become more powerful. This is definitely a phenomena occurring in the novel. For example, how Case’s employers had the power to take his abilities to hack into the cyberspace away is actually having power over people’s lives. Through Neuromancer we can better understand what Winner was trying to project in his essay. Reading the two work together can help us understand what our future may hold for us. As a society we could learn from clear misuses of technology expressed in both the novel and the essay.
-Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Penguin Group, 1984.Print
-Winner, Langdon. Mythinformation. 1986.Web.15 September 2016