All posts tagged dystopia

Brown, Michael. “Why are the Millennials Protesting?”. Townhall. March 10, 2017. https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2017/03/10/draft-n2297066

Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. Tom Doherty Associates, 2008.

Wallace, Kelly. “Is ‘fake news’ fooling kids? New report says yes”. CNN. April 3, 2017. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/10/health/fake-news-kids-common-sense-media/

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?