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Patrick B Bjork <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 1 Jun 1994 10:21:28 -0500
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> I'm sorry but I am ignorant of the term post-structuralist.
> Could you explain, please?
Discussing post-structuralist theory would probably not be appropriate to
this list. IMHO, there are four figures who hover constantly about the
20th-century: Darwin, Freud,  Einstein, and Derrida. The last figure is a
French philosopher (still alive) who, I suppose, could be called the
father of deconstruction, ie, post-structuralism. Might I suggest you
read an explanatory work: _Deconstruction: Theory and Practice_ by
Christopher Norris.
> > "The true name of the game is power to define and hence control people's
> > perceptions of reality." --Philip K. Dick
> He likes to play with realities (Bladerunner, Total Recall).
> I like people who tinker with that.
Since I am a trufan of PKD, a Dickhead, if you will, I feel compelled to
tell you that although the films play with reality, PKD played no role in
developing their scripts; and, in fact, Ridley Scott's _Bladerunner_ is
radically different from  PKD's novel, _Do Androids Dream of Electric
Sheep_. _Bladerunner_ is perhaps more akin  to William Gibson and the
entire Cyberpunk movement in SF literature. If anyone ever chooses to
make a film of _Neuromancer_, I'll be the first in line to  see it. Of
course Scott would be the  obvious choice to direct; on the other hand,
now that I think about it, with _Bladerunner_ it has to  a certain degree
already been made. Does anyone know if a studio or whoever has optioned
the rights on _Neuromancer_?
Patrick [log in to unmask]