Spooks, and ambient cyberspace

October 11, 2007 § Leave a comment

Having just finished William Gibson’s new Spook Country, I have come away with one clear message:

Cyberspace is dead. Long live cyberspace.

This is pretty interesting coming from the man who had Case jacking into cyberspace way back in 1984. Wires into the back of our neck have been replaced by holographic helmets and  cellphones. The net isn’t a destination anymore. It’s everything. Everywhere. All around us.

I guess many of us already sense this happening. Example: Facebook feels like ambient media, with our friends brushing past us virtually, as if they were in the same room. It’s no longer network — or cyberspace — as noun. It’s networking as verb. It’s all around us, and it moves. Constantly.

We are moving into verbspace now. I think I like it.

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