“The further you go, as you get passed along one node to the next, the visuals you think you’re seeing are being contributed by users all over the world. All for free. Hacker ethic. Each one doing their piece of it, then just vanishing uncredited. Adding to the veils of illusion.” (Bleeding Edge, pg. 69)
Early in chapter seven the software DeepArcher is described to Maxine and I think that the explanation of what exactly is going on is an important and interesting one to analyze.
Knowing where the novel heads (the events of 9/11) I seem to think that this software is presented as juxtaposition. Lucas mentions that users from all over the world are doing their own piece to add to the overall program. DeepArcher has no preconceived feelings of race, gender, or from where a person is from geographically. The reason for being there on the software is to create. Individuals from all over the world are being connected with a common interest in a place that doesn’t care about who you are. For me this was important, not only does it show that technology has the ability to bring people together but it also goes to show that how in the real world there are people who are interested in destruction and separation. Another interesting point about the DeepArcher description was the fact that anything that is created is done so without being credited. To me this feeds back into what I previously mentioned about not being judged while on the program. Im not saying that needing to be credited for certain works is a necessarily bad thing but through this veil of technology there isn’t a real need to be credited. Individuals have the freedom to create anything they want without the creative process being hindered by a voice in the back of their head asking for approval because if something is submitted unaccredited and not received well by the community then you have the ability to create something completely new without being much affected. The last piece of this passage notes that all of the stuff being done on this software just adds to the veil of illusion. No matter what is created in this space, it’s not real. If people are willing to create a community that is fabricated through technology then there really isn’t a reason why more of a community can be formed in the real world. However, on the opposite side of the coin, if a piece of software is able to draw in people from all over the world due to the fact that everyone is equal, then the quality of ideas and creations that could come from places like these would be very innovative and things that without a community backing wouldn’t be able to come into existence.