While reading Gathering Blue, my attention has been drawn to the people’s acceptance of the existence of beasts. Throughout the story, Kira, the protagonist, is always mentioning how she lives in fear of them. To be fair, based on her understanding of events she should fear the beasts. Her father was killed by some, and when people are sent to the field to die they are eventually taken away by beasts as well. Kira fears Vandara because Vandara is a survivor of fight with a beast in which she only received a scar. This fact of life, that the beasts are out in the forest trying to eat you, is false. The very foundation of Kira’s persona is based on a lie, and, because of this, I have become more cynical of the things I hear on the news from the media and the government.
Recently, there have been lots of stories that have very definite stances on the global stage. America should let in refugees. Russia is not our enemy, but our friend. Britain should have stayed in the European Union. Assad is using chemical weapons in Syria. These events and opinions are released to the public and both sides of the issue treat their ideas as absolute facts. People like dismissing each other’s arguments on the sole basis of their ideology and not the argument itself. Overall this has caused me to take almost every article I come across with a grain of salt instead of treating it like it is one hundred percent factual. When the government says that sending missiles to Syria was the best choice, I’m not so quick to agree. When the media likes to repeatedly claim that Russia is trying to bring about the end of America, the argument brings me back to Gathering Blue. Maybe Russia is just a beast.
The title of my paper is Dystopia and the Real World. The main argument I want to exclaim in my upcoming conference paper is the fact that the current world we live in is a dystopia. I go through the ways in which we defined a dystopia and establish why they are applicable to the real world.
To further my definition of the real world as a dystopia I use articles that explain why and how first world countries are similar to the elite societies and third world countries are relatable to the poor societies, tying in the class system and capitalism. I also include a very interesting article on how drastic and scary situations lead to more dystopic control. This article talks about the Trayvon Martin case and how it changed the laws and what it may lead to.
After establishing how the current world is a dystopia, I compare our real life situations to those we have read and seen in books and movies. I establish how the issues that characters go thorough in the books are similar to our life and how sometimes it’s hard for us to see that based on our personal situations. I show how political and personal background can affect how readers interpret a dystopia and the reaction reader have after reading.
My overall conference paper establishes connections of the real world to dystopias, explaining how our backgrounds, personal and political, effect how we read and react to dystopias and that reaction transitions our world into more of a dystopia. I hope that my paper sparks interest on the effect dystopias can have unintentionally on our lives and the real world and what that means for our future. As a generation that has read a lot of dystopias, and students who have studied dystopias for a long time, I think it’s important to look at the after effect and how to see the signs that a society like that is coming.
Propaganda is information given to an audience through a person’s point of view. Yes, propaganda is biased because it is information given to an audience through the point of view of a person and everybody is different; not everyone will ever see eye to eye on every event. The Hunger Games storyline is sometimes misunderstood by readers when it came to propaganda in the Hunger Games; a lot of people think the citizens stood up against the capitol because the 12 districts reminds people of communism because in each district everyone does the same thing and depending on your district, your district was treated different from others. The reason why the districts started to use propaganda was to tell the capitol to stop doing the Hunger Games and unite together. Propaganda is not just speeches or politics, due to new media sources like computers and phones you can use propaganda to reach other people in different ways to grab more of a vast audience. Hunger Games used propaganda from President Snow in the capitol to Katniss in district 13. I think President Snow used propaganda the most and was the most affective person to use it. Think about it; for someone to have control of 12 districts using propaganda, I think that is pretty amazing. President Snow used a lot of live broadcasting, video, and action to keep the people of Panem in total fear to rise against the capitol. The video at the reaping was a form of propaganda. President Snow used the video to explain to the people how the hunger games formed and why it is necessary to have the games every year. Being that action is the most powerful way to get propaganda across and President Snow made sure of that by having peacekeepers committing executions in front of crowds that disrespected the capitol. However, the biggest action propaganda in the movie and book was the actual games; they keep people in order. The live broadcast and the video made it seem like they justified the wrongdoings to calm the people that were outraged about the capitol’s decision to do wrong.