ABSTRACT

Whereas the previous chapter focused primarily on the way ‘proper’ official structures and systems have been reinforced by mass media as well as both information and security technologies, William Gibson’s Bridge trilogy also highlights the cracks in these seemingly monolithic and rigid places, revealing divergent spaces, sometimes radically so, where modes of resistance may, for a time, flourish. Building further upon Michel de Certeau’s insights, and following cultural critic and theorist Fredric Jameson, these new spaces can be considered responses to a ‘crisis of space’ on at least two levels: firstly, as a crisis in purely physical terms, where public spaces have been all but eradicated leaving those people who, for one reason or another, do not ‘fit in’ with nowhere to go; and secondly, as a crisis in more conceptual terms where, as Jameson has argued, ‘our daily life, our psychic experience, our cultural languages, are … dominated by categories of space rather than by categories of time’ (Jameson, 1991, p. 16) and where everyday linear time is lost or, at least, challenged, replaced by the perpetual present of spatiality and simulacra.