Tina's Paper 2 Notepad

I feel the whole book which wrote after 9.11.2001 discussed lots of things happened in the 20th century, like the mechanical calculator. For the book itself, it is a view of history. Bigend thinks that history could be made up while Cayce thinks history can become absolute. She believes history is original so does everything else should be. Her allergy to Michelin Man and Tommy is the example for this. Here the history is not only about the history of the footage but also include Cayce’s father’s mystery death.

“Parkaboy says you should go to new footage as though you've seen no previous footage at all, thereby momentarily escaping the film or films you've been assembling with, consciously or unconsciously, since first exposure. Homo sapiens are about pattern recognition, he says. Both a gift and a trap.”(p22-23)

Draft

Pattern Recognition is an interesting novel which illustrates a contemporary world consists with globalization, the Internet and arts viewing past society. In this paper, I want to mainly discuss about the idea of history and its influence throughout the book. For the book itself, it is a view of history. Curta calculator is an example of the past while the 9.11 attack is a view of the contemporary society.

"History is a best-guess narrative about what happened and when.” (P59) As Bigend thinks that history could be made up while Cayce thinks history should become absolute. “The future is there looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become. And from where they are, the past behind us will look nothing at all like the past we imagine behind us now.”(p59) She believes history is original and absolute so does everything else should be. Her allergy to Michelin Man and Tommy is the example for this. Time plays a big role in the fashion trend. In one way, her understanding of past and the unique view of the time shaped her talent in the career.

Their unique views towards the history also make their attitude towards the footage to be different. As Bigend said, “My passion is marketing, advertising, media strategy, and when I first discovered the footage, that is what responded in me.”(p67) What Bigend care is money and the footage’s application in the market will attract people’s attention around the world which can make him wealth. For Cayce, a talented consultant in the field of logos and ads, she cares about the art behind the footage.

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