In the following pages I am going to deal with Pat CadiganÂ´s short story Pretty Boy Crossover. The story was first published in 1986 and is included in her short-fiction collection Patterns.
By analyzing the various aspects of the text I will try to give my own interpretation of CadiganÂ´s essay and her views on society and human behaviour influenced by computers and new technologies.
As the introduction of Pretty Boy Crossover already gives away, Cadigan got her ideas for the story from her own observations and experiences of the mid 80Â´s club scene. Her main character is Pretty Boy, a sixteen year old kid, who is struggling with a decision that would influence his life. He has attracted the attention of influential people, who want to recruit him for their â€œprogrammeâ€. Like his friend Bobby, â€œtheyâ€ want to transform Pretty Boy from what they call a â€œless efficient formâ€ (human being) to a â€œS-A-Dâ€, a self-aware data. In a way
PETTY BOY CROSSOVER Term Paper for â€œAesthetics Of Techno-Culture in American Literature and Filmâ€
Pretty Boy feels flattered by â€œtheirâ€ interest in him, but on the other hand he is very sceptical about the whole development. â€œTheyâ€ try to convince him but in the end he decides for himself that the only way for him to remain in demand ( and thatÂ´s what he wants ) is to turn down â€œtheirâ€ offer.
The story is set in a night-club. The atmosphere Cadigan creates is rather dreary and bleak. Everything seems to be too perfect and sterile. As a reader I feel constricted in this place, senses are getting overflown by noise, or as Cadigan puts it :â€The club is Noise. CanÂ´t sneak