>> Figures of God
and Snow Crash both present issues of God and religion.
This is a major element in Lain, as determining a
"God" in the Wired means finding he who would
control it. In our world, there is no one being who owns
or controls the Internet, so there is no "God"
of the web. In Lain, however, an answer to this problem
seems to be apparent. This answer is very similar to Snow
Crashs discussions of God-like figures. The character
of Eiri Masami in Lain claims himself to be the Wired's
"God." He was a former member of Tachibana Labs
who created Protocol 7, the way to connect the Wired and
the "real world." Based on his technological discovery,
Eiri Masami thinks himself as a God, and the creator of
Lain herself. He believes that he can remain a God in the
Wired, since has "those who will worship him"
(Lain, Layer 10: Love). The same situation can be
found in Snow Crash through the character of L. Bob
Rife. Rife, a rich madman, has his own delusions of religion.
He uses his own influence on the masses to use people for
his own purposes. He uses his "Raft to bring more biomass.
To renew America" (Stephenson, 110). "Biomass"
refers to the massive amounts of people who follow Raft.
If becoming a "God" means having a mass of people
follow a leader blindly, then both Rife and Masami fit this