Dystopia Now, Has my Thoughts Changed?

To me a dystopian society is just that, the opposite of a utopian society adding to more of that “dys’ ‘ also just means bad so I think bad society, unorganized dysfunctional and everything in between. Dystopia means “an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives.” When I think of dystopia I think of anarchy, where there is no ruler, no laws, no enforcement. Dystopia also in some ways reminds me of post-apocalyptic, everything is in disorder and dysfunction because the world was once in panic because of something not going the right way. The world was in chaos because of panic, which then led me to think of panic under the government. What systems are put in place to not leave the world panicking. I think bad emotions like fear and panic and many other emotions can cause the government to be overturned. I believe that plays a big role in a society leading towards a dystopian society, not having proper steps in place when big things happen to cause panic and fear within people in powerful places like the government.

Since the first discussion post my thoughts on dystopian societies have changed, the biggest thing that I want to get across is my thoughts originally were pretty generic. I didn’t think dystopian societies involved all we discussed this semester. This semester made me realize how realistic dystopian societies can be. Starting at Iris Young’s Five Faces of Oppression, and even the books we read this semester. From the control factors of the handmaid’s tale and how everyone had a “role”, the handmaids, wives, marthas, and etc. We saw essays and articles from people like Freud, and Robinson’s essay on different types of societies. We learned that it isn’t just a dystopian and utopian society, we can look at anti-anti utopian society as well as anti utopian society. Dystopia to me is the dysfunction of a society and the things within the society that makes them bad and controlling. It is the government control over the community and the criminalization of people being individuals.

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