Minority Report Visual Representation

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The Colour of Magic Science fiction is a genre that has a wide variety of subgenre and themes; it is a genre that is hard to define as Damon Knight states “science fiction is what [we] point at when [we] say science fiction” (Card 13). However, there are archetypes and conventions that come with science fiction that helps define the genre separating it from fantasy; “if the story is set in a universe that follows the same rules as ours, it’s science fiction. If it’s set in a universe that doesn’t follow our rules, it’s fantasy” (Card 23). One such story that fits into the category of science fiction is Philip K. Dick’s The Minority Report; it has also been adapted into a film directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is a neo-noir science fiction film that encapsulates what the future would or could look for us; on the other hand Philip K. Dick’s short story was written in the 1950s, hence, Dick is writing about the future that is no longer futuristic in this present era. Yet it is not false, because he is writing not a story of what will happen; rather he is writing on what might happen. In the film we are presented with a variety of visual textures, nonetheless, they are presented in different ways; the way Philip K. Dick presents the visual texture of the short story does not transfer to the film because of the ideas and visual representation Steven Spielberg wanted to present the audience of the present era. This is because of the time difference when the short story was published and when the film was directed, furthermore, it is also due to the creative difference and ideas of the future the two have. Author Philip K. Dick wrote the short story Minority Report in 1956 amidst the cold war which was a political and military tension between the United States and its NATO allies and the communist world which was led by the Soviet Union. At the time Dick

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