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John Carpenter, Apocalyptic Filmmaker

Eileen Jones Jacobin
John Carpenter’s movies provide visions of societies falling apart. No wonder his work is resonating now more than ever.


Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans

Henry Farrell Boston Review
We’re not living in the dystopias of George Orwell or Aldous Huxley, the author insists, but in the shifty algorithmic universe of Philip K. Dick, where the world that the Internet and social media shape is less a system than an ecology, a proliferation of unexpected niches, and entities created and adapted to exploit them in deceptive ways. In this view, it’s a world in which technology is developing in ways that fudge the difference between the human and the artificial.
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