↑William Gibson‘s comment on academia’s appropriation of the word “cyberspace”:
Assembled word cyberspace from small and readily available components of language. Neologic spasm: the primal act of pop poetics. Preceded any concept whatever. Slick and hollow—awaiting received meaning
All I did: folded words as taught. Now other words accrete in the interstices.
“Gentlemen, that is not now nor will it ever be my concern …”
Not what i do.
I work the angle of transit. Vectors of neon plaza, licensed consumers, acts primal and undreamed of … (↵Gibson 1991: 27)
In the same short text I found proof that Gibson indeed makes use of Burroughs’ cut-up-and-paste method ;-), as there is a whole paragraph stemming from ↑Rocket Radio (↵Gibson 1989), containing the eternal sentence “The Street finds its own uses for things—uses the manufacturers never imagined.” (↵Gibson 1991: 29).