Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

…and won’t leave.

Throughout this course, I have reflected on the various ways a dystopia can be represented and the results it has on a society real and imagined. Even an imagined dystopia has an effect on reality. A clear example of this is how some dystopian novels and films are prohibited in strict public schools. This trend is truly ironic as the restriction on literature selection is essentially controlling knowledge and limiting an individual something that is inherently dystopic. Individualism still exists outside these spaces which results in a desire to learn more about these deviant societies. It’s the melancholic element of futuristic oppression that forms out of good intentions that offers a realistic parallel to the corruption of reality. Today, the prime example of a dystopia is the current shift in global society due to the appearance of COVID-19. There are considerable consequences of COVID-19 that perpetuate class inequality, excessive surveillance, distrust of peers, and propaganda. There is a shared level of unease, sadness, and fear globally in response to an extremely contagious disease itself but the use of propaganda has manifested and redirected these emotions towards each other. It’s important for dystopian governments to facilitate negative emotions amidst people so they will lack trust in each other and rather depend on a government despite feeling suspicious about the information that is spread. There is a clear differentiation of the classes when being asked to socially distance and return to work or school. Those with more social capital and wealth have the option to socially distance and still maintain a decent livelihood. On the other hand, most people at or below the working class are unable to balance their livelihoods with the need to be socially distanced. Also, find themselves in industries that despite being highly social are required to go back to work first, not getting proper protections in these fields and also are not receiving financial support while government bailouts are given to large corporations. Other areas of the world such as South Korea and China are utilizing surveillance for public protection. The term contact tracing has surged in the time of corona and is partnered with mobile devices to track visitors in a country and exposure to the coronavirus. It’s a potentially exhausted suggestion but coronavirus is the most present form of dystopia today.

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