William Gibson WashPo interview "one of the best ever"

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6 Responses to “William Gibson WashPo interview "one of the best ever"”

  1. johnrynne says:

    Good point about eBay. The only problem is that, unlike stock markets, you can’t track items or prices over time. You can only see what’s for sale right now (sure, you can track items from here forward, but you get no perspective on the past).

    This lack of transparency has drawbacks. A case in point would be the Curta calculator, which first came to my attention in “Pattern Recognition”. There are never more than a dozen on sale on eBay at any given time. They invariably sell for over $1,000 (in my experience).

    It would be interesting to see whether “Pattern Recognition” and/or the subsequent Scientific American article on Curtas had an impact on prices (presumably they did, but eBay gives you now way of knowing). This sort of analysis, linking prices to events, is standard in the securities markets.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Really a showy, self-absorbed and piss-poor interview. Demonstrates in spades that the interviewer should never take up the room; the subject should be in foreground. Gibson wants to talk and write about politics. Why not ask him some informed questions about that topic and get out of the room?

  3. DaveX says:

    Thank you! I’m so glad somebody has finally realized (and publicly said) what I’ve thought for some time– the net trumps big cities. It’s about time people took notice that you don’t have to be in the city to find big city culture, knowledge, or expertise. Even more interesting will be the spin that rural areas will be able to put on things like the avant-garde, high fashion, and even activist roles that previously only played out in high-population areas.

  4. Matt Kressel says:

    Every hair is being numbered — eBay has every grain of sand. EBay is serving this very, very powerful function which nobody ever intended for it. EBay in the hands of humanity is sorting every last Dick Tracy wrist radio cereal premium sticker that ever existed. It’s like some sort of vast unconscious curatorial movement.

    See, that’s just the thing. EBay is sorting this stuff unconsciously, i.e. it’s being used for something it was not necessarily intended for. That’s just great. But what if we were to create a site with just that in mind, that is, an intention to classify all this stuff. To paraphrase Gibson’s words, “A vast conscious curatorial movement.”

    Well, just such a thing exists. It’s called Collectors Quest, and it was launched recently in the US. It’s like EBay, but without the selling. It’s sole purpose is to classify your stuff.

  5. Teresa Nielsen Hayden/Moderator says:

    Whatever you may think of the interviewer, it’s still Bill Gibson saying interesting things.

  6. Gunn says:

    Great interview, and great photo with Gibson and the mirrors. If you look carefully, you can see Bruce Sterling in 1983, with his headphones on, writing a novel while watching MTV with the sound off.

    Eileen Gunn

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