Friday, September 22, 2006

'Pattern Recognition' develops a pattern

Concepts from William Gibson's novel 'Pattern Recognition' keep popping up in real life. In this one, there is a blog item in E-media Tidbits about LonelyGirl15 and her identity.

You may (or may not) have heard about the LonelyGirl15 controversy on YouTube. This was a series of videos created by "Bree," ostensibly a homeschooled, cute, 16-year-old from somewhere in the U.S. She developed quite a following, and many of her fans (and non-fans, for that matter) put a surprising amount of effort into figuring out whether she was a hoax.

This is much like the story line of "the footage" that Cayce Pollard is tracking in the novel. Though, the ending is quite different, as LonelyGirl15 turns out to be a big fake.

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