Computers and War

It is easier for us to explain things physically rather than abstractly. A computer is a combination of plastic and metal, but what makes it work? When we talk about computers, we use medical and military terms like protection and defense; we create firewalls and anti-viruses. In Gibson’s story, this is imagined similarly. The narrator says, “Trying to remind myself that this place and the gulf beyond are only resentations, that we aren’t ‘in’ Chrome’s computer, but interfaced with it, while the matrix simulator in Bobby’s loft generates this illusion. . .” (555). The figurative language we use to speak about computers comes to life through illusions in “Burning Chrome”. Even the narrator needs to remind himself that they did not actually get into a physical place.


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