Ep. 5 – Message Trafficking: A Scanner Darkly and The Wire

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Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly is the antithesis of a book that, let’s say, takes a direct approach with metaphor, to the extent that every character can’t be trusted because they’re a vessel for deeper meaning. Scanner manages to balance this deeper meaning with actual drama, making for a satisfying story. A modern example is the television show The Wire, which also tackles the drug war, providing solutions while addressing problems. These are the titles that exemplify story-as-platform.

This podcast contains spoilers for: A Scanner Darkly, The Wire

[Runtime: 14:28]

Further Reading: Breaking Bad, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

2 thoughts on “Ep. 5 – Message Trafficking: A Scanner Darkly and The Wire

  1. This book is what inspired me to be a drug dealer. I highly recommend people to read this book. Invest in high quality drugs, attract other drug dealers and lure them in. Next you kidnap the drug dealers that you lured, steal their high quality drugs to use for yourself then sell the other stuff on the market 300% profit. Then sell the drug dealers overseas and invest in human trafficking too, to maximize profit. A good high muscle drug head can be sold to work the gold mines, and in return you could net yourself a hot Vietnamese Slave girl. Very successful business. Thank you Phillip KoolCox Dicks

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