M3D143N717Y: Taking the Network over and Bringing It Down
Originally, the series focused primarily on the dangers of sharing personal information through online social networks and warned readers with statements such as “Switch off your life! Become invisible! The network will take over yout [sic] identity...” while also relying on its readers’ knowledge and use of such networks. With time, however, the series has become less paranoid and advocates human collaboration and contact to bring down the all-seeing and all-controlling network.
To what extent does the series fit its label as a “paranoid” thriller? What is the place of social media in this series? To what extent does it promote collaboration and solidarity to overcome the ostracizing effects of mediatic mutations? I argue that through fiction and real-life online tools, the series attempts to bring down online networks from within to favour human contact.