In Robinson’s essay, “Dystopia’s now”, he categorizes four ways of viewing the world: dystopia, utopia, anti-utopia, and anti-anti utopia thinkers. I think to say I am an anti-utopia thinker would be too pessimistic, and to say I am a utopia thinker would be too optimistic. To be an anti-anti utopia Continue reading

Define Dystopia

Dystopia is defined by the hierarchy of oppressors to oppressed. A common running theme within all of the texts and medias we dissected throughout the semester is oppression. In every dystopian world we discussed, there were always two main groups – the oppressed and the oppressors. I have referenced Young’s Continue reading


Panopticism is a system in which the belief that we are being watched forces us to behave “properly”. Foucault’s idea of panopticism is to basically ensue fear into a person by having them be visible so in return, the person will subconsciously feel watched and thus, be on good behavior. In today’s Continue reading

Privacy v Security

Once upon a time, privacy and security were not two things that were related. Being born in the 20th century, the collection of our data and information was always the norm in ‘exchange for security.’ However, we can’t really be mad. When was the last time you read the terms Continue reading


The idea of dystopia and utopia is ironic because while dystopia, a chaotic world in which everything and everyone is controlled by an upper, is imaginable and even comparable to our current societies, utopia, a perfect world, seems unattainable. As a Palestinian born during a war, injustice, and oppression are Continue reading

Corrupt Society

Dystopia, to me, would be defined as a corrupt society under social injustices, oppression, dehumanization, and a totalitarian way of government. As seen in books and movies categorized as dystopian like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and 1984, dystopian worlds are shown as ‘post-apocalyptic’ worlds in which Big Brother is controlling Continue reading