Narrative as Technology
Module 2: Narrative as a tool for thinking about technology, part 2
For Students

In Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Bladerunner), Deckard is continuously faced with the question as to whether he himself might be an android. As you read, ask, what makes people human or inhuman? What parts of us are machine-like? If you define "dream" as perhaps the American dream of getting ahead, is there any way in which it is mechanical? What's at stake in being human, in not being mechanical? Do we use machines or technologies in our relationship with ourselves, be it physical or emotional?

 

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