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Transcript of 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. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.
Characteristics of a Dystopian Society
2. Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
3. A figurehead or concept is worshiped by the citizens of the society.
4. Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
Types of Dystopian Controls
Most dystopian 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 types of controls
The Dystopian Protagonist
A few examples of dystopian movies
1. Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
5. Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
6. Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
7. The natural world is banished and distrusted.
8. Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
9. The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian w rld.
One or more large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or the media. Examples include Minority Report and Running Man.
: Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials. Examples in film include Brazil
: Society is controlled by technology—through computers, robots, and/or scientific means. Examples include The Matrix, The Terminator, and I, Robot.
: Society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government.
1. often feels trapped and is struggling to escape.
2. questions the existing social and political systems.
3. believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he or she lives.
4. helps the audience recognize the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.