Monday, January 29, 2018

Philip K. Dick and fake news

This article argues that it is Dick, not Orwell and Huxley, who was the most accurate predictor of today's world that blurs of reality and unreality, real and fake news. It's a key reason I've been a Dickhead from way back. A Dick quote from the article:

"The two basic topics which fascinate me are 'What is reality?' and 'What constitutes the authentic human being?' Over the twenty-seven years in which I have published novels and stories I have investigated these two interrelated topics over and over again.  [...] The bombardment of pseudo-realities begins to produce inauthentic humans very quickly, spurious humans—as fake as the data pressing at them from all sides. My two topics are really one topic; they unite at this point. Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and then sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually, into forgeries of themselves. So we wind up with fake humans inventing fake realities and then peddling them to other fake humans."

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