Bad Networks: From Virus to Cancer in Post-Cyberpunk Narrative

@article{Kilgore2017BadNF,
  title={Bad Networks: From Virus to Cancer in Post-Cyberpunk Narrative},
  author={Christopher D. Kilgore},
  journal={Journal of Modern Literature},
  year={2017},
  volume={40},
  pages={165 - 183}
}
Abstract: Since the 1990s, post-cyberpunk narratives from the US and the UK have reworked the trope of the computer virus so that it looks less like a biological virus, and more like the contemporary medical understanding of cancer. These fictional viruses have moved beyond their instrumental purposes — either as an “exploit” for liberation-minded hackers or as a strategy to exercise state or corporate biopower. By contrast, the Matrix films (in the US) and Steven Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts… 
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