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Utopian and Dystopian Societies

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Katelyn Demrow

on 23 March 2017

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Transcript of Utopian and Dystopian Societies

Utopian and Dystopian Societies
Dystopias are world where
nothing is perfect.

that we have in our world are often
much more extreme in dystopias

**The stem "dys" means bad or difficult.
Characteristics of Utopias
peaceful government
equality for citizens
access to education, healthcare, employment, and so forth
a safe environment
Characteristics of a Dystopia
Usually a controlling, oppressive government or no government

Extreme poverty OR a huge income gap between the richest characters and the poorest characters

Propaganda controlling people's minds

Freethinking and independent thoughts are banned

A figurehead or concept is worshiped by the citizens or the society.
Utopias and Dystopias - What are they?
They are two different worlds that are popular non-realistic or science fiction stories.
A utopia is a
perfect world.

There are
no problems
like war, disease, poverty, oppression, discrimination, inequality, and so forth

** The word "utopia" means "no place" or "good place."
In this unit you will be...
looking closer at what utopian and dystopian societies are

looking at theme

looking at symbolism
Listen to each song and note lyrics that would make it a utopia or dystopia
For example, dystopias usually happen in a futuristic, imagined universe where there is harsh societal control.

There is an illusion of a "perfect" society.

This society is maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control.
More Characteristics of Dystopian Societies
Citizens in these societies are usually under constant surveillance

Citizens have fear of the outside world

The "natural" world is banished and distrusted

Citizens conform to the same expectations

Types of Dystopian Controls
Dystopian societies are maintained through one or more types of control.
Corporate Control
One or more large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or media.
Ex: Minority Report
Bureaucratic Control
Society is controlled by mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials.
Technological Control
Society is controlled by technology - through computers, robots, and/or scientific means.
Ex: The Matrix, The Terminator, I, Robot
Philosophical/Religious Control
Society is controlled by a philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship.
The Dystopian Protagonist

They often feel trapped and are struggling to escape
They question the existing social and political systems
They believe something is terribly wrong with the society
Examples: The Hunger Games, The Divergent Series, The Maze Runner

Resident Evil
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