A prominent theme I have found interesting in the dystopian societies that we have discussed is how the people in control have a tight grip over the flow of information. Most, if not all, of Gathering Blue was focused on the information that Kira became privy to during her time in the Edifice. One of the cornerstones of her identity was that her father had been killed by beasts, leaving her and her mother to fend for themselves. Besides being dishonest about how her father was attacked, the Council tied the attack into a lie that everyone in the village accepts: the existence of the beasts. As Kira begins to find out that she is being lied to about all these things, she lets slip to one of the Council members that her mentor, Annabella, had been telling her the truth. Then, as expected in a dystopian society, Annabella “coincidentally” ends up being taken to the Field of the Living because she had passed away. The Council did not want Kira to learn too much, because it could cause their society to unravel.
Overall, I’m curious about examining the flow of information in today’s society. Is our society as transparent as we would like? I want to explore the obvious examples like how open the government is to the public, but I also want to look at less prominent organizations as well. Lack of transparency has been a huge issue in this election cycle, and it was a large factor in the crash of the housing bubble around 2008. How accurately does our government portray events? How accurately does the media portray events? Who is in control of all these things and who benefits from them one way or the other? With some people claiming that this election is the end of society as we know it, how far are we really from our society being considered a dystopian?