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April 18, 2006


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

Imagine your own self in a world of utopia...everything is seemingly perfect. Or is it? While reading the Diamond Age, I noticed that everyone was trying to be perfect...wasn't that why the primer was made? However, in the book, I don't think that all the characters reach perfection. For example, Tequila's husband...perfect? FAT CHANCE. He is probably the most interesting yet the most imperfect character in this book. He's rude, mean, and treats people as he doesn't love them. Is his world a world of utopia?

Hayles talks about the Diamond Age is not really a utopia and instad is a mutopia. I don't quite understand this part because Nell is pretty much striving for pefrection. In a world of mutopia, that doesn't happen...

Posted by ElyseBranam at April 18, 2006 11:49 PM


The Diamond Age certainly isn't a utopia. With race inequality, violence, and governmental abuse of technology, it presents quite the distopia. I see the mutopia as merely an illusion of a utopia, something that could be thought of as a utopia but really can never be.

Nell is striving for perfection, and she even manages to break out of her social class (which everyone seems pretty stuck in). But in the end, she returns to the seedy underworld, working in a porn ractor studio. It's a strange circle that she makes, and of course, she transcends it at the end.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at April 26, 2006 11:41 AM

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