Redefining “Dystopia”

In my first blog post, I defined dystopia as the concept or practice of intentionally utilizing extreme conditions of control to oppress individuals for the purpose of creating a “perfect” society. Although I believe that this is an appropriate definition of a dystopia, the learning activities of this course have Continue reading

The Reality of Utopian Thinking

In his “Dystopias Now,” Kim Stanley Robinson encourages utopian thinking as a way to overcome a dystopia. According to the Merriam-Webster, utopia can be defined as “a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions.” Although a utopian society describes a perfect state, perfection is a subjective term. For Continue reading