Between the two readings by Bush and Nelson, the main concern of the two authors was the idea that there would need to be, in the future, a system of managing information, in order to bring about progress (as mentioned in lecture). One could argue that the creation of new technology is, in itself, progress, yet Bush maintains that it is simply a means via which one brings about progress. Bush asserts “There is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends.” As Bush seeks to find a solution to liberate the human mind from being “bogged down”, it seems that in today’s time technology also has the ability to create a desire for more information, rather than simply organize it. For instance, the advent of the iPod almost seemed to implant the mindset that it was imperative to have all of one’s music in one portable device; the technology seemed to precede the mentality behind it.
Nelson, on the other hand, seems to contend that the human mind is inclined to think in a particular way, and the method of properly recording one’s way of thinking is through “hypertext”. The writer has a non-linear way of brainstorming and imagining his/her work, and Nelson says there “ought to be a sense of need” of representing complex thought processes (87). It seems as though hypertext first of all demonstrates the inefficiency of the current practice of recording things in a linear fashion through illustrations of ELF files and zippered folders and how much better one could organize information, so at the same time these exact illustrations expose the sickness and provide the remedy for the currently restrictive practice of writing on paper. So both Bush and Nelson feel that technology is a wave of the future that will be imperative as culture moves forward and gathers more and more information, but what they don’t discuss is that people can define themselves through how they access information (such as what search engines one uses, how one uses Facebook, and what those implications are). Yet, while Bush depicts it as a tool of archiving that helps the community at large and Nelson presents it as a natural expression of the creative mind, Gibson’s Neuromancer depicts cyberspace as physically and mentally addictive, The Matrix depicts it as a mental prison. It is a dismal trajectory, but demonstrates an anxiety around progress that starts and ends in the development of new media.