Monday, October 17, 2011
Humanity and Technology
I read this interesting article called "A Cyborg's Testimonial: Mourning Blade Runner's Cryptic Images," by R. Pope in Film-Philosophy, volume 12, #2, p.1-16 in the September 2008 issue. Pope explains the linkages and separations between humans and technology. The article also goes over different images of cyborgs: liberal, fascist, cybernetic, cyberpunk, and cyborgpunk. Furthermore, the eternal question of philosophy or (how do we know we are human?) is addressed. There is so much ambiguity in Blade Runner, nothing seems to be certain, and one can get lost in the difference between the cyborgs and the humans, but the beauty of the film is the multiple readings!