January 17th, 2007


Would you like some philosophy with your GitS?

We finished the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex this evening. It was good, although it had a fairly big lump of exposition/philosophy at the end that made my brain feel bloated. (Not as bad as the movies, though.) I can't really complain; it's nice to watch something entertaining that also requires you to think about it afterwards.

The series handles questions of identity and individuality quite nicely, but the ideas about leaderless emergent social phenomena (the 'stand alone complex' of the title) are the really interesting food for thought. Sometimes particular ideas seem to be "abundant in the ether", waiting to sprout in whatever fertile mind they find. Would we recognize an emergent event if we saw it?