I’ve just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick. I should really say re-reading, as I first read the sci-fi classic (and basis for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner) back in 1996/97 for my Higher English Review of Personal Reading.
As a rule I only read books once. I’ve broken that three times though with: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. It was a very odd experience going back to a book I’d first read as a teenager nearly 20 years ago. Firstly, the influence of the film weighed heavily on my impression of what the book was/was not about, and secondly having written about it for a school subject I was positive certain things happened in it which transpired not to be the case!
Which leads me to this rich seam of blog posts which I found on my computer: my English, History and Computing reports written c. 1995-97, and my UCAS personal statement c. 1997. They’re mostly about 1,000 – 1,800 words long, and a rather embarrassing window into the life of my precocious teenage years. Ideal blog fodder then!
At some point you’ll bear witness to my musings on CD-ROM technology, censorship of internet pornography, media attitudes to videogames, and various essays on 1984, Hamlet, etc. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this wee gem from my S4 Research Project titled: What are the effects of computer/video games on the general public?
It was claimed in the newspaper that [Endorfun] was a new form of taking drugs: instead of injecting drugs into your blood stream, you could just sit in front of your screen and you could get the same experience. Now I can tell you that I have played this game and in no way did it make me feel good about myself at all. In fact after a while I began to feel nauseous because of the colours, but that was as far as the game went to introduce a new experience.
Kit, age 15.