William Gibson on the future of narrative

On May 17th, William Gibson gave a talk at the Directors Guild of America’s Digital Day about the future of narrative. It’s hard to say whether his view of the possibilities of technology applied to narrative are sarcastic, pessimistic or something else:

“Because I see Johnny falling asleep now in his darkened bedroom, and atop the heirloom Ikea bureau, the one that belonged to his grandmother, which his mother has recently had restored, there is a freshly-extruded resin action-figure, another instantaneous product of Johnny’s entertainment system.

It is a woman, posed balletically, as if in flight on John Wu wires.

It is Meryl Streep, as she appears in The Hours.

She has the head of a chihuahua.”

(From BoingBoing.)