As a complement to Gibson's Sprawl, there exists a far
more attractive, even addictive, space of non-reality. The Matrix: A virtual
city in the non-reality of cyberspace, similar to the
cyberspace presented in Snow Crash. The matrix is an essential
component within the lives of those inhabitants of the Sprawl. It is the
intellectual zone. It is a place of communication and discovery and information.
And even though it"s only a virtual city, the Matrix is compiled of defining
landmarks. Ironically, the Matrix can offer more in the way of architecture
and building than the physical city of the Sprawl. The Matrix might be
defined as architecturally structured information. Just as their names
imply: the Sprawl is no more than an untidy sprawling mass of string and
webwork, whereas the Matrix is ordered, organized and electronically beautiful.