Technology, isolation and human extinction in the Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Apparently, the ability of literature to defy the changes in time is evident through many masterpieces, a more reason why all students should consider reading and comprehending today’s literature written in as early as 1960s. The outstanding science fiction, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, candidly portrays the present world as foreseen by Philip Dick in the 1960s as it portrays how technology is ruining the human creativity, making human beings close but isolated as well as welcoming the extinction of humanity. The masterpiece indicates how misjudged the government was in welcoming a technology that allowed human beings to produce androids which resemble human beings in every way only that they lacked bone marrow and empathy. Emigrate or degenerate! The choice is yours! (pg. 6). This indicates that the government believed that the American government disintegrated after WWT and a new society could only be created in a new land. However, as the novel progresses, the new glimpse of life seen on earth are deem and incomparable to the attractive life in Mars. The question of what makes us human is evident when the author states …ultimately, the empathic gift blurred the boundaries between hunter and victim, between the successful and the defeated (Dick 29). It is empathy that differentiates us from androids. However, technology is challenging this inordinate ability and the continual use of technology is making us isolated and might soon challenge our very existence. Living a false life is currently the order of the day as evident through social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook which makes us highly connected yet very isolated. The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are (Dick 239). The technological devices invented by human beings have a life of their own, but we increasingly find ourselves attracted to ‘their’ life, forgetting our life. Reading Philip Dick’s novel, one realizes how the present world is actually experiencing the situation that was foreseen decades ago. It is an outstanding masterpiece to every student who believe in the destructive nature of technology. Work citedDick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?New York: Ballantine Books, 1996. Print.
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