What is the significance of kipple in the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"?

the author took up like two pages talking about it, yet i don't really know why? how does it add to the book?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) is a science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. It contains two interlinking plots: the main plot follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter of androids, while the secondary plot follows John Isidore, a man of sub-normal intelligence who befriends some of the androids.

    The novel explores a number of philosophical issues including what it is to be human. By introducing organic and realistically humanoid androids in this novel, Dick asks what qualities, if any, are unique to or are able to define what is human.

    In 1982, Hampton Fancher and David Peoples' loose cinematic adaptation became the film Blade Runner. The international success of Blade Runner helped bring Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and its author into the public eye. For that reason, after 1982 some editions of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? were branded with the title Blade Runner.

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    The word kipple refers to unwanted or useless junk that tends to reproduce itself.

    According to science fiction author Philip K. Dick, kipple is a kind of domestic version of entropy: household disorder, kitchen-sink chaos. The classic definition appears in his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, famously filmed as Blade Runner, as explained by character J.R. Isidore to the replicant Pris:

    "Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday's homeopape. When nobody's around, kipple reproduces itself ... the entire universe is moving towards a final state of total, absolute kipple-ization."

    —Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kipple

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  • Amy
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    4 years ago

    Yeah, they cut out most of the religion stuff when they made the movie. The ideas the author presents of the conflict between "Mercerism" (the prevailing religion, which is supposed to hold all life in high regard) and the existence of/abuse of androids which goes contrary to that idea, is interesting...and I think demonstrates the hypocrisy of all religion. Peace.

  • 1 decade ago

    Kipple: Garbage that breeds itself. Think about much of the "humanity" portrayed in the book.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "Kipple" is an idea of recurring personal importance to Philip K Dick, who had longstanding problems with organising his mind and his life. He saw the whole world as a conflict between a force that builds order (he called it VALIS) and a force of entropy that breaks things down to "kipple" (disordered rubbish like the fluff and bits of bus tickets you find in your pockets). This conflict crops up in many of his other works, such as "Ubik".

  • escoe
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Kipple

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