by William Gibson
Freedom and Confinement Quotes in Neuromancer
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
It was called dub, a sensuous mosaic cooked from vast libraries of digitalized pop; it was worship, Molly said, and a sense of community. (8.32)
For the Zionists, their music expresses their freedom from the rest of the world because it's theirs. They made it, so it represents something special for them. The dub music plays an important role later in the story, so keep an eye, erm, ear out for it.
Cyberspace, as the deck presented it, had no particular relationship with the deck's physical whereabouts. When Case jacked in, he opened his eyes to the familiar configuration of the Eastern Seaboard Fission Authority's Aztec pyramid of data. (8.48)
Case sees cyberspace as a way to go anywhere, do anything. Still, the world of cyberspace has rules. Case is just better at going around or usurping these rules that he is at doing so in the real world.
"Wait a sec." Case said. "Are you sentient, or not?"
"Well, it feels like I am, kid, but I'm really just a bunch of ROM. It's one of them, ah, philosophical questions, I guess." (10.103-104)
The ROM construct grants the Dixie Flatline freedom from death, but he can't store memories or alter himself for the better. Just imagine, never dying but never changing either. Eesh. The world would feel like a never-ending rerun. The thought just gives you the heebie-jeebies, doesn't it?