If you want to know how we ended up in a cyber dystopia, read Ready Player One
Laura Hudson trifft den regressiven, rückwärtsgewandten und konservativen Nagel von Ready Player One auf den Kopf, den Spielberg in seiner seichten, aber sehr unterhaltsamen Adaption leider übersehen hat. RPO ist so gesehen wirklich der Text (neben Black Mirror), der unsere Zeit am besten beschreibt – leider wohl nicht in der Form, die die Fans gerne hätten.
the OASIS is designed to grant power to those who are most obsessed with the past, reserving its greatest blessings not for its forward thinkers, but for those who can most accurately recite all the dialogue from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (This is an actual plot point.)
If that seems backward, and far more concerned with where we’ve been than where we’re going, that’s because it is. But as many of the modern internet’s architects are declaring the internet broken, offering mea culpas, apologizing for their short-sightedness and irresponsibility, and getting called into Senate hearings, the book is a document worth reexamining in 2018; not because this novel-length blind spot has anything to say about where we are today, but because the ignorance and misguided optimism embedded in its pages is precisely how we got here. It is instructive now, as a road map for how we arrived at our present cyber-dystopia, and the dangers of building a world for “everyone” on the concerns and fantasies of the few.