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Review of a Book Review

Posted in Non-Business on November 3, 2010 by wesleywilliam

By: Philip K. DickI have recently been reading the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. It is set in a future society where things are quite different from our world today. It has been fairly entertaining, but after reading an article reviewing the aspects of the book, I have become even more intrigued by the novel.

An independent scholar and researcher, named Ben H. Wright, was the author of the article. His main point to be made is that the book is postmodernist. Wright defines postmodernism as the “emphasis on consideration of a person’s gender, race and sexual orientation” in society. Wright believed that these subjects were fairly common in the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Several well-known thinkers, Lyotard, Jameson and Baudrillard, have also distinguished certain tendencies that they believe typify a postmodern society. Wright has pointed out that all three of their notions are featured in the book. Lyotard narrows postmodernism to a mood of uncertainty and distrust, which is very prominent in the Dick’s android story. Jameson has concluded in his thoughts that postmodern societies are dominant with multinational corporations. This coincides with the book in the Western and Soviet governments’ inability to legislate against the Rosen Association. Baudrillard details the belief of the ‘simulacrum’, the copy with no original. Wright states that the book plays by this third belief of postmodernism by the viewing of the androids as copies of real humans.

Wright also believes that the book prevails a sense of ‘splitting’ of characters. Many of the characters and androids in the story can be viewed as double personalities of the main character Rick Deckard. For example, the character Luba Luft caused him to question his own humanity and Phil Resch’s character showed Rick insight about empathy or lack there of it. The character is presented with metaphorical divided personalities.

Ben H. Wright’s review of the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was very beneficial to my understanding. He stated his beliefs that the story largely followed many top theories of postmodernism. This review was only one of the many books and authors he has written about. Wright is very passionate about his readings and concepts and writes to an educated audience that is able to comprehend his thinking. His reviews are not for the casual reader, but for the person who wants to understand the deeper elements and aspects of a story and book. This review has undoubtedly expanded my thought and enabled me to realize the depth the author, Philip K. Dick, presented in his writings. His perception of a postmodern society so long ago is what’s truly amazing to me. I would strongly recommend this read to anyone who has time to spare.

Postmodernism in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

ALSO: check out my personal reflection of the book in terms of future business. Some good information to know!
My Review


Blog Analysis

Posted in Non-Business, Other, Reviews on October 30, 2010 by wesleywilliam

The community one is involved in tells a lot about that person. It can distinguish whom they are and what they intend to say. In the case of online identities and communities, the same reasoning can be resulted. In a business blog community, one would find a similar group of people writing for similar yet various reasons. In the case of the blog Small Business Trends by Anita Campbell, a clear and decisive view point she believes in is quickly established.

Anita Campbell is now a middle-aged lawyer. Over her career, after attending law school and getting a degree, she has been a part of business. She has slowly but surely gravitated more to the business side of things. Eventually she started her own business and felt she had an advantage because of her law background and knowledge. This storyline gives the author a good sense of credibility. It tugs at the ethos of the readers because they feel as if she can be helpful to them.

Anita has aimed her blog at a very specific group of individuals. She has narrowed it to basically cover people who are considering, starting or are involved in maintaining a successful small business. She does not segregate a specific age group or gender; it is just to the small business owners. Anita’s audience is mostly uninformed about most of the knowledge she is dealing out, so this makes Anita look very credible again.

Anita’s blog is fairly basic, but there is a good deal of information on it. This is perfectly fitting towards her audience because she doesn’t mess around with frivolous things; she just lays out the points she wants to make. Her audience is able to pick up tips and strategies on a number of issues. This pulls at the pathos of the readers, because Anita is writing to help them. She includes personal anecdotes that the readers really value and find helpful based on their comments.

Anita also posts fairly often, even on the weekends. This continued and not forgotten sense of schedule is very appealing to the readers because they feel that they can continuously keep receiving tips and guidelines to running their business. This is comforting for the readers! They want to continue to come back and get help.

By examining a specific blog in a discourse community, I was able to distinguish why it was successful. This was useful because I can channel my blog, which is in the same online community, to use those features, which made her blog successful.