One thing we touched on in our Sunday afternoon EDC matinee in TogetherTube was the notion of ‘digital emotions’ and how these compared with RL emotions. We hovered around ideas of control: how we have more choice over what we engage with in the digital sphere and, therefore, what we expose ourselves and our emotions to. When watching Memory 2.0, we considered whether we would leave RL and enter the virtual for love.
I’ve always loved this scene from Blade Runner; Batty is poetic as he faces his own – non-mortal – end. He also demonstrates empathy and compassion, more than the humans who have enslaved the replicants.