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How is an aspect of more direct performance reflected in Phillips' Machine Dreams?

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Phillips' work lends itself to a greater aspect of direct performance in a couple of distinct ways.  The first is the basic approach she takes to the work.  In making her characters a "microcosm" of society, she is able to present their own voices as representative of a faction of that social faction.  With this in mind, the characters are able to speak for more than themselves, which is why it makes sense to have the characters read their thoughts aloud.  They are not...

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