Cathy's Paper 2 Notepad

Pattern Recognition Outline

Thesis: Cayce’s efforts are designed to reclaim a sense of humanity

What is humanity
-Human humanity vs. global community
Example 1: F:F:F vs. Blue Ant
page 67-73
“The idea that Bigend, or his employees, have been lurking he F:F:F will take some time getting used to. The site had come to feel like a second home.”

-Real vs. fake
Example: Rickson’s jacket vs. Tommy “regimental” (page 18)
“The Rickson’s having been created by Japanese obsessives driven by passions having nothing at all to do with anything remotely like fashion”
“It would be virtually impossible to replace” page 11
Rickson’s: has a history and was originally a flying jacket. designed for a purpose.
Tommy: “repetition of repetition of repetition”. “regimental”. “”devoid of soul”.

Why does she seek out for humanity and authenticity?
-she lost something real. ( Win )
-the world is globalized.

How does she deal with the loss of humanity?
How does she seek for humanity?
-substitution. Participating in F:F:F: a place which connects people
Quotes:
Cayce describes entering Fetish:Footage:Forum. page 4
“The front page opens, familiar as a friend’s living room.”
-separate Blue Ant from F:F:F
-prefer logos that contains human elements

Unfinished draft

Walking on the street of Shanghai, I see gigantic buildings, I see people lining outside Gucci store to buy extravagant imported handbags, I see people swelling in real estate agencies for overpriced apartments. Walking on the street of Los Angeles, I see the same Coca Cola logo and I still see overpriced brands everywhere. It is obvious that the world has become more and more globalized. We are benefited with imported products and ideas. In the meantime, some part of ourselves is missing. Something human. In William Gibson’s novel Patter Recognition, the protagonist Cayce Pollard is designed to reclaim a sense of humanity—something hard to find in the recent globalized community.

What is humanity? From Pattern Recognition, I see a human community as a place where people are connected regardless of who you are, where you come from, and other external factors. Fetish:Footage:Forum is a typical example of a human community which Gibson presents. When Cayce opens the front page of the forum: “The front page opens, familiar as a friend’s living room.” she says. F:F:F is like a personal home for Cayce. A place where she can rest. A place she can talk to people without thinking of being taken advantage of. A place she feel connected. On the contrast, a globalized community would be a company like Blue Ant. A community which can be seen across the world. It first emerged in Europe, then it was spread to United Kingdom, New York and Tokyo. Yet, it is also a community that Cayce found heartless. “The idea that Bigend, or his employees, have been lurking he F:F:F will take some time getting used to.” Cayce found it uncomfortable when Blue Ant was trying to take over F:F:F, a personal place she’d like to keep to herself. Cayce treasure F:F:F as a place she seek for humanity. Bigend however, sees it as a product and tries to take something from it. “I saw attention focused daily on a product that may not even exist. You think that wouldn’t get my attention?” Bigend said.

From the perspective of Pattern Recognition, I also see humanity as something real and authentic. Humanity is something that contains feelings even though it might be lifeless. Let’s compare real with fake. In this novel, brand names have a deeper meaning than labels. Brands can contain human element or they can be “devoid of soul”. The Rickson’s jacket that Cayce frequently wears embodies humanity. “The Rickson’s having been created by Japanese obsessives driven by passions having nothing at all to do with anything remotely like fashion.” Cayce adores this jacket because it is totally different from ordinary voguish jackets. It is created with passion. It has a history: Rickson’s originally served a purpose as a flying jacket. It is real and human. Tommy Hilfiger, on the other hand,is described as soulless. Unlike Rickson’s flying jacket that served as a purpose, Tommy’s clothing are just merely “regimental”. It is a “repetition of repetition of repetition” which Cayce sees it as inhuman.

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