quixotess replied to your post: Soooo, how does knowing this historical background…
man fuck cryptonomicon no seriously
I think it nevertheless serves a purpose as a distillation of white male geek culture in its purest form. It’s an anthropological goldmine. Like, how many guys have you met who are totally Cryptonomicon in human form? Oh my god. There’s shitloads.
Soooo, how does knowing this historical background affect our perception of (say) geek classic Cryptonomicon (see its quotes page for a good idea of what it’s like), which portrays American G. I.s and dot-com entrepreneurs’ escapades in the Philippines while blithely skipping over why the US and Philippines have such close relations to begin with?
Maybe Neal Stephenson just doesn’t like infodumps…*snickers*