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1 Utopia v Dystopia Utopia v Dystopia

2 ► Utopia: an imaginary and indefinitely remote place; a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions. ► A place perfect in its social, political and moral behavior.  First Introduced in 1516 by Sir Thomas More in Utopia, about the ideal country. ► Dystopia: an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives. ► A place perfect in its social, political and moral corruption.

3 Utopia ► Utopia (opposite of Dystopia)  Government rules through Pacifying Society ► Or there is no Government Control and people just get along (right…)  Perfect World  No suffering ► Examples  Anarchism / Technocracy ► No Government, Peace, Everyone just gets along ► Science rules everything ► Technology makes peace possible ► Not really realistic  Utopia doesn’t have as many stories, because it isn’t fun to watch a bunch of people having perfect lives

4 Dystopia ► Dystopia  Government rules through FEAR ► Or there is no government  Suffering keeps people in a state of FEAR ► Example  V for Vendetta  Harrison Bergeron  North Korea / China ► Fascist / False Communist states

5 Dystopia ► Generally referred to as Dystopian Future ► Examples  V for Vendetta (explosions… guy fawkes… anonymous..)  Equilibrium (a Christian Bale movie… with kung fu)  Blade Runner (Neon and dismemberment)  Resident Evil (Zombies. Umbrella Corporation. Machine Guns.)  The Hunger Games (Big government. Bread shortage. Tongues cut out)  Brave New World?! (Sex, Drugs, Clones, Road Trips… the works) ► Disputable. We could totally argue for Utopia also.

6 Utopian Worlds ► There are mechanisms that keep people happy. ► There must be a system that makes everyone happy.  Videogames / Virtual World  Drugs  Voting  Taught to be happy  Born to be happy ► Utopias do not have war, hunger, disease. ► Describe how these things were done away with. ► Give me systems. ► Why are there no wars? ► Why is there no disease? ► Why are people happy?  Answer these three questions if you are having a hard time starting.


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