Thursday, April 9, 2009

Philip K. Dick films proposal

For my final project I plan to do not so much an ‘argument’, though physically in the essay format, but rather an exploration. I want to compare and contrast the roles and views of technology in both Blade Runner and Minority Report, both of which are written by Philip K. Dick. However, I will be focusing on the film versions (the final cut for Blade Runner), NOT the actual books, though I may use them here and there for reference. I want to use the films for three reasons: 1) given that this class is ‘Narrative and Technology’, what better medium to use than the marvelous technology of film?; 2) because I like movies better and find talking about them easier and far more enjoyable than talking about books; and 3) to simply break out of the mold of using books. Just as an example of what I plan to talk about is how both films, though clearly about the roles of technology at the forefront, also deal with broader, more abstract issues, such as ‘what is real?’ and pre-determinism. As for counterarguments though I’m not sure that everything in the paper will lend itself to counterarguments. Obviously any real, deep, and fleshed out talk on ideas such as pre-determinism have counterarguments, but I hesitate to do that because any quality argument-counterargument of such topics is something better left to entire books, not just a small essay. But we’ll see. I look forward to finding what I find.

1 comment:

Adam Johns said...

You don't want to *plan* to explore rather than argument; you might want to plan to explore as a way of settling on an argument. I'll admit that, in some sort of theoretical sense, my demand that everyone make an argument might be reductive; however, in a practical, pedagogical sense, the demand for an argument makes people focus, in a good way. Therefore - plan to come up with an argument!

I'm not opposed to you working with films, obviously. But I am curious - if you're interested in PKD, shouldn't you focus on him? And if you're interested in films, shouldn't you focus on two films which interest you in themselves? I'm not even saying working with Blade Runner and The Minority Report together is at all a bad idea - but I don't understand what motivates the choice. It seems random, perhaps incorrectly.