Hello fellow dystopian lovers! In Friday’s class, I will be giving a presentation on my research paper which will be covering the topic: The Effect of Technology on the Interaction Between a Government and It’s Citizens. It’s a mouthful, I know but I’ll explain everything.
First, let’s talk about how technology has changed government, in the context of today. With the recent advancement of technology, we are treacherously close to living out the events of our favorite dystopias. It’s no secret that the government is watching us .In today’s society, we accept it as normal that we live our lives digitally and that data can be seen by anyone with the will to look. We need only look at the Edward Snowden Case to see how much they actually see. In 2013, Edward Snowden illegally leaked classified files from the National Security Agency (NSA) and told Americans exactly how their privacy was being a violated.
This violation of trust is actually not that uncommon What’s worrisome is that it’s a common trend we find in dystopian novels. Most YA dystopian novels feature a society with extremely advanced technology, owing, perhaps, the fact that sophisticated technology enhances the control aspects of utopian literature .We’ll go into more depth later, but for now, look to1984, Hunger Games and Little Brother as some examples of this. In each of the novels, the people are oppressed in various ways through technological subjugation. The difference between our society today and that of a dystopian society is that we trust our government to use this knowledge for our own good. There isn’t much to hold it together after these bet There is a line between security and invasion. The problem is , who draws the line? In most dystopias, the all-powerful government is that way because of the technology that got them into power. Technology shows the best of us and the worst of us, simultaneously showing Human ingenuity, and destructive tendency.