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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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Conclusion: What Does it Mean to be Human?

Conclusion: What Does it Mean to be Human?

(p.81) Conclusion: What Does it Mean to be Human?
Blade Runner

Sean Redmond

Liverpool University Press

This chapter points out that the real story of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is about what it means to be human in a world increasingly touched by technological invention and media intervention. It discusses technology in Blade Runner relating to human simulacra, the love of technology by humans, and the spread of media technology into all areas of social life that can make machines out of them. It also discusses how Blade Runner questions the nature of what it is to be human in even more complex ways. The chapter deals with the question on what does it mean to be human, which is bound up with suffering, loss, alienation, existential confusion, and with the unstoppable march of death. It examines how Blade Runner mediates on the postmodern nature of the human condition.

Keywords:   Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, technological invention, media intervention, social life, postmodern nature, human condition

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