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Watchmen vs Blade Runner

This semester two of the projects that we worked on and completed were based upon the stories of Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) and upon The Watchmen. These stories are both similar and different. They both are about characters who take the law into their own hands and are responsible for the lives and deaths of other characters in the stories.

Rorschach

This character in The Watchmen is seen as having an immensely strong moral compass. So strong that he is willing to sacrifice the peace that is found at the end of the story, just so that the truth can be known. I'm not advocating one position over the other.

Night Owl and The Comedian

We see different versions of morality in the story of The Watchmen as well. The Comedian has a stranger, twisted idea of what is right and what is wrong. He's seen as a mercenary and will do anything to ensure his survival. Though on the other hand his love is also part of what saves the world.

Night Owl is the character that I am able to empathize with the most. He is an academic and he tries to save those who need to be saved. He works to preserve peace. He also doesn't want to harm others in the process of ensuring a better future.

What does this allow us to see in Blade Runner?

Deckard works as a murderer for the police. He kills androids who have run away and broken the treaty that ensures that they stay off of Earth. He is responsible for ensuring that a group of beings (androids are not people) are kept under control. We see the moral turpitude of being a Blade Runner. The androids themselves just want to live, though all that they know to do is what they are programmed to do. Roy kills. Deckard kills too.

Medium of Communication

Adobe Spark vs. Camtasia

For the Blade Runner project we used Camtasia to create a video to describe the story. This allows us to take multiple layers of images and sound to create another way of understanding the story. This approach to learning and explaining thoughts and images is quite compelling.

The project that we did for the Watchmen graphic novel used the software by Adobe called Spark. I guess a simpler way of stating that would be: "We use Adobe Spark to make a website." This website was supposed to explain part of the story from the Watchmen. The realm of the internet is very good at graphic novels. It allows for images to be paired with text, but it also allows for sound and video to be paired as well.

Conclusion

It is safe to say that these projects have forced me out of my comfort zone. I've been forced to develop stories and to create ways in which I'm able to explain myself that I didn't know that I could do. I enjoy making content for videos and for website. I now have both experience and examples of my work. I've enjoyed the stories and the philosophical questions that have been brought up in them.

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