Section C2 – 8:05am

As a black male that lives in America I sometimes feel that my race of people have lived in a dystopia for a while now. Being a minority in a country that oppressed the some people who help build it to world dominate makes you feel bad. As I read dystopia novels like a shipbreaker or a hunger games I have reached the fact the dystopian novels take a topic that America or another country struggle with mostly moral justice and brings it to the light.
My views on politician and politics have change seen reading dystopian novels, once my ideas of a politician was that change with correct morals in hand can change America for the better but now I have learned after reading dystopian novels that I believe some politicians are just people pleasures and only take care of the one that have money and power. Not only have my views of politics change but the education, society, and outlook on things have to. The dystopia novel not only woke me up as an African male but has allow me to prove my theory on America dystopian society.
I think dystopia changed how people look at current events that happens because the people are being woke on situation that should not happened. For examples the book salvage by Alexandra Duncan was tell the audience the main message that nobody should hold you out of being you that you are entitle to your own density. It also allow us to be shown the women rights breaking the patriarchy chains that have clutched America minds. Dystopian novels have lead America until a new America order setting a new standard of fair equality. Dystopian novels like salvage have caused problems for constancy and supported change. Another thing that has changed in society is attention to the government has shifted to what is going on to a fear of a controlling government.

Here is a video an English teacher created about dystopia. First, she defines the general definition of what dystopia means and how is it different from a utopia. Then, she goes more in-depth on the topic by describing the key characteristics that make up a dystopia. The next slide discusses the types on control a dystopia can have. By understanding the dystopia societies, the audience would know what is happening in that society and why it is happening. Did he or she have no choice based on the people or person he or she is against or was it the best way to do what is right? Last but most important thing is the protagonist. The protagonist is there so that the audience can feel what it is like to live in a certain world through the eyes of the protagonist. Most of the time, you will be able to imagine the conditions and see what choices people make and why. Yes, it is easy to say that what the character did was wrong to do or there could have been an alternative solution for the problem. However, if you put in that situation, what would you have done? Hopefully, this video sheds some light on some key things to remember when dealing with dystopias. Enjoy!

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In today’s word, virtual reality has one of the most fascinating innovations because it lets a person enter a completely new world that would have been thought impossible. Now consider a dystopia that takes the idea of virtual reality to the next level. In such a society, virtual reality would have evolved to the point where the user of the VR device could create their ideal world just by imagining it in their mind. In such a world, anything is possible; if a member of society wanted their world to consist of solely their closest friends where they would eat their favorite foods and do their favorite activities, then such a world could be created by just imagining it. However, the fatal flaw in the society lies in the fact that nothing is real. If you created the world where it was you and your friends hanging out, it would not be a world where you were actually with your friends, but a world where a computer generates artificial intelligent agents who acted like your friends in the real world. Sure, everyone could construct their own vision of utopia, but it would be at the cost of losing one of the qualities of humanity: real human interaction. However, every citizen is required to enter into their own VR world while leaving their past behind. The reason this society is so frightening is because the virtual reality would evolve to a point where the citizens would not be able to tell the difference between reality and virtual reality, so even though this society lack the quality of human interaction, the people within the virtual reality would not be able to notice that the world in which they live is not real. Thus, the question shall stand: if such a society were to exist, would it even be possible to escape the world of virtual reality?

A seemingly ongoing debate back home in Spain is the ever-lasting discussion about Catalonia’s Independence and the Catalan language. I have always thought about what it means to be Catalan and what prejudices it seems to come with. We have our own views and the rest of Spain has their own. We are a “bother” but at the same time succeeding is never an option, after all we are the greatest source of tax money for the central government. The situation back home is obviously not a dystopian setting but there is certainly a lot of information masking and how the population of Catalonia is portrayed to the rest of Spain through the main TV channels and newspapers.

I have thought about this topic since we first started talking about propaganda and compared the situation to the different novels we have discussed. It amazes me just how many similarities the situations shared. While in the dystopian governments we have encountered along the semester focus on promoting their personal image and whatever favors their power stance, this is not only a part of the fictional world. Government image and marketing is obviously very important in nowadays political world, now so more than ever maybe, since a lot of debates and issues appear to arise every other day.

I came to believe that Catalonia’s population stand against the situation definitively reminded me about the role that the “rebels” have in the novels we have discussed. In the past decade we have got to manage a referendum and the pacific demonstrations that are held every September 11th have become famous worldwide. It is amazing the amount of people that get together to support “La Diada” that day, and fill the streets of Barcelona. Every year there is a different approach to make the biggest impact and send the most powerful message. However it always revolves around the idea “we want freedom, we want our rights, we are our own people”.

Another issue that makes me think about how propaganda and the government oppress their citizens in our dystopian novels can be compared to this situation, is how many people in Spain and a scarily substantial number of the politicians of opposing groups believe that the Catalan language should be banned. This idea is so frightening to me and it would completely shatter me and my values, since practically my whole persona revolves around my language. It would be something that certainly would be a direct attack against the freedom and culture of the people back home.

Overall, I think that this whole semester has helped me learn about dystopian literature and understand many concepts much more in depth, but what I have learned didn’t necessarily stay inside the classroom in my case. These ideas have been in my mind, especially when I thought about home and the whole situation that been unfolding these past few years. It can be scary to think our reality holds parallels with fictional dystopian plots, but in the end, we all hope for the best.