William Gibson on TV and fanfic

In the current print issue of Wired, William Gibson and some entertainment moguls discuss the kind of entertainment men in their 20’s and 30’s want now. Gibson believes some viewers have turned away from television because they desire interactivity:

“There’s a section in the online version of Final Fantasy where people write really elaborate and passionate biographies of their characters. It’s not required, but there’s a group of people who are really into it.”

Wired: “That’s the open source storytelling crowd. The show up mostly in slash fiction, where you take characters from Star Trek, say, and then write alternate stories where Kirk and Spock turn out to be lovers.”

Gibson: “They almost always do. Why is that? I encountered it about 15 yars ago with Star Trek fans at a science fiction convention. I thought it was the weirdest thing.”

A few years ago, Gibson wrote an essay for Wired about his ebay addiction. For Gibson, it’s watches. For me, it’s vintage boots. I try not to spend more than $20/pair, including shipping.


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