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Blade Runner$
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Sean Redmond

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325093

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.001.0001

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(p.39) 3. Representation
Blade Runner

Sean Redmond

Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about representation, which is a concept given to the way things, objects, places, people come to have meaning in the social world. It mentions the clear and direct sense on the growth of technology in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, which has resulted in a future where nature and the natural has been nearly entirely snuffed out. It also cites Michael Ryan and Douglas Kellner, who argue that from a conservative perspective, technology represents artifice as opposed to nature and the mechanical as opposed to the spontaneous. The chapter examines how the Blade Runner complicates the relationship between technology and nature and collapses the binary opposition between them. It demonstrates how technology is being validated or authenticated or at least humanised or naturalised in Blade Runner.

Keywords:   Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, social world, technology, nature, binary opposition

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