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Copy of Dystopian Introduction Notes

Lesson #1
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Kelly Evans

on 13 May 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Dystopian Introduction Notes

DYSTOPIA
A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral or totalitarian control.
UTOPIA
Types of Control
CORPORATE: one or more large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or media.
BUREAUCRATIC: Society is controlled by mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials.
TECHNOLOGICAL: Society is controlled by technology-through computers, robots, and/or scientific means.
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Dystopian

Introduction

Dystopian

Literature
The works present a world in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through one or more of the following controls:
PHILOSOPHICAL/RELIGIOUS: Society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government.
Dystopian

Protagonist
Often feels trapped and is struggling to escape
Questions the existing social and political systems
Believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with society in which he or she lives.
Helps the audience recognize the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her own perspective.
A place, state or condition that is ideally perfect in respect to politics, laws, customs, and conditions.
Characteristics of Dystopian Society
Propaganda is used to
CONTROL
the citizens
Information, independent thought, and freedom are
RESTRICTED
.
A figurehead or concept is worshiped by the citizens.
Citizens are perceived to be under constant
SURVEILLANCE
.
Citizens have a
FEAR
of the outside world.
The natural world is
BANISHED
and
DISTRUSTED
.
Citizens
CONFORM
to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
The society is an
ILLUSION
of a perfect utopian world.
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