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April 18, 2006

Hayles, "Is Utopia Obsolete?"

Hayles, ''Is Utopia Obsolete?'' (Online) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I really thought Hayles's article was informative and well-researched and really goes right along with Stephenson's Diamond Age. I like how she talked about how they have all this technology, but it can only go so far. Just like in "The Machine Stops", emotions, compassion, and feelings, no matter what, will evenutally have to come into play, interfereing with the modern day technology.

"Nell can use the matter compiler to fill her room with mattresses for the stuffed toys that are her constant companions, but it does not prevent her mother from bringing home boyfriends who do everything from molest the little girl to torture her with cigarette burns."

This theme of protecting children, like innocent and vulnerable Nell, focuses on preserving their innocence. These Victiorian Age children Hayles talks about are similar to the children of the Diamond Age, whom were raised and then become immediate adults.

Posted by AmandaNichols at April 18, 2006 01:44 PM

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