Hello, my name is Alexis Robinson and this is my last blog post for English 1102.
Taking this class, with dystopian societies has definitely changed or clarified my thoughts on certain events going on in today’s world.
In hunger games we saw the manipulation of the media by the capitol. They intentionally misdirected the attention of the people through propaganda and a little bit of acting. The media being completely under government control enabled them to control the flow of information to their citizens and keep them trapped in ignorance. The media was also employed as an object of distraction, as shown by Peeta and Katniss’s highly publicized romance. Clearly, the idea is that media should only have power, as a tool of the administration that controls it.
Today, we see this reflected in the attitude of the Trump Administration towards the media. WE as Americans take it for granted that the media is meant to serve us, the people. The purpose of the media in government is to act as a watchdog, keeping track of the government’s moves and holding them accountable to the people. The president is perhaps the most well-watched and well-documented target of the media. The current administration, however has taken to viewing any news that is not concurrent with it’s beliefs or paints them in a negative light as “Fake News.” This is not unlike how the Capitol viewed the propaganda from the rebel forces. Which begs the question of why any democratic government would declare war on journalists.
The purpose of a dystopia is to act as warning to it’s readers. They may involve unreal technology or impossible storylines but the underlining message is clear. We are not exempt from the stupidity of the characters from our favorite dystopian novels. We read them and wonder how these events occurred but we are living them now.
A government that views the media as it’s ally, only when it positively covers the things they want covered is on it’s way to becoming a dystopia, if it’s not already there.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic Inc., 2012.