Presentation Title

Gene Editing, Designer Humans, and the Will to Live: A Glitch Analysis of Blade Runner

Presenter Information

James Michael HoyleFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Glitch, Twentieth Century, Blade Runner

Biography

James Hoyle earned a Master's Degree in Journalism (2019) from Marshall University. He is currently a graduate student in the Department of English.

Major

English

Advisor for this project

Kristin Lilvis

Start Date

23-4-2021 12:15 PM

Abstract

With technology continuing its ever-forward march, we as a species are becoming more intertwined with it day by day. With the potential rise in gene editing brought on by technology such as CRISPR, the temptation to mistreat those who do not conform to society’s preordained ideals is high. Therefore, a glitch analysis of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Blade Runner, and Blade Runner 2049 can give much insight into the coming age. This analysis is framed through Legacy Russell’s recent book Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto. Filtered through Legacy Russell’s book, both Deckard and Joe’s actions in Do Androids Dream of Sheep?, Blade Runner, and Blade Runner 2049 remind us all that empathy is needed despite anyone’s genetic outcome or make up, and that if we remember to live our lives with care for others, we can retain our humanity despite whatever gene technology may bring.

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Apr 23rd, 12:15 PM

Gene Editing, Designer Humans, and the Will to Live: A Glitch Analysis of Blade Runner

With technology continuing its ever-forward march, we as a species are becoming more intertwined with it day by day. With the potential rise in gene editing brought on by technology such as CRISPR, the temptation to mistreat those who do not conform to society’s preordained ideals is high. Therefore, a glitch analysis of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Blade Runner, and Blade Runner 2049 can give much insight into the coming age. This analysis is framed through Legacy Russell’s recent book Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto. Filtered through Legacy Russell’s book, both Deckard and Joe’s actions in Do Androids Dream of Sheep?, Blade Runner, and Blade Runner 2049 remind us all that empathy is needed despite anyone’s genetic outcome or make up, and that if we remember to live our lives with care for others, we can retain our humanity despite whatever gene technology may bring.