Isolating Humanity: ‘Blade Runner’ and Loneliness

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By  · Published on October 3rd, 2017

You’re alone even if you’re human. But if you aren’t?

A new Blade Runner is on the horizon and it’s the perfect time for a rewatch. As long as you don’t mind the sweeping feeling of lonesomeness overcome you when you realize that humanity is a self-defined (and likely meaningless) categorization. Or when you realize that you’re watching the version with Harrison Ford’s terrible voiceover.

Regardless of which brings you down, know that despite what the aesthetics of the film may lead you to believe, you’re not alone. Essayist Matt Draper has also found the isolating qualities of the sci-fi classic and analyzed them in a new video. Perhaps together you can move past the enigmatic line blurring human and robot, finding kinship in shared experience. Perhaps.

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