In Dick’s vision of the future, people rely on a “mood organ” to feel emotions of any kind. The mood organ can be placed on various “settings,” each one of which corresponds to a different, very specific emotion, such as “eager to watch TV,” “slightly optimistic,” “weary,” etc. It’s bizarre to imagine a world in which people depend on machines to feel—in this sense, the mood organ is a disturbing symbol of humans’ growing reliance on machines, even as they simultaneously become more like machines (unable to feel emotion without using another machine). More to the point, however, the organ symbolizes the growing conformity of modern society, in which the mass media ensure that everyone is thinking and feeling the same things.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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