The Posthuman

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." ~ George Orwell

Is Donnie Darko human?

A few questions for this week about Donnie Darko. Consider them all, then choose one or two to discuss in your response to this post.

1. What happens to reality when it's put on film? What is the relationship between the reality we see in the world and the images we see on film? How does Donnie Darko force us to reconsider basic assumptions we have about the "real world" and how it works?

2. What genre do you align this film with most closely? Is it horror, science fiction, comedy, drama, satire, etc., or does it deconstruct the notion of genre altogether? If so, what motivation would it have for doing this?

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3. What does the site add to your reading of the film? Is the site an art object in its own right, or is its primary function promotional?

4. What connections can you draw between Donnie Darko and Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” and “The Veldt”? What themes do they all share? Does it feel fruitful or random for me to have assigned them together? This question isn’t rhetorical. As I mentioned, I put them together on instinct, having taught all three in a Posthuman course, but never together before.

5. We’re still moving on our journey toward the posthuman, playing with the line between human and what comes after. Is this movie about the human? Or is it about the what comes after?

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