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Background Information about Dystopias

Elizabeth Wilks

on 6 December 2018

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Transcript of Dystopia

Characteristics of a Dystopian Society
*Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society
*Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted
*A figurehead or concept is worshiped by the citizens of the society
*Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance
*Citizens have a fear of the outside world
*Citizens live in a dehumanized state
*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
Corporate control: One or more large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or the media.

Bureaucratic control: Society is controlled by a 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.

Philosophical/religious control: Society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government.
Types of Dystopian Control
Respond to the following questions and explain your answers.

1. Is the disappearance of the individual a bad thing?
2. When is it best to conform to the wishes or rules of others?
3. What problems are avoided when people conform?
4. What new problems does conformity create?
5. How important is it for people to have choices?
Utopia: A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions.

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.
The 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 recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.
Dystopian Themes in Music
Dystopian Themes in Film and Television
Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis
Torchwood Miracle Day
Hunger Games
Dystopian Simulation
1. How did you feel? As a worker? As a rich person? As a government agent? As an isolated person?

2. Did you question the activity? How? What were your questions?

3. How do you think this was a simulation of a dystopian society?

4. What specific elements have you seen in other texts?

Dystopian Notes
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