My New Definition of Dystopia

A world filled with realistic fears that allow for oppression among less powerful groups of people, control over privacy and limit the choice of freedom. In our society, your worst fear has a chance of becoming your reality. In some regions of the world, one’s worst fear has become someone’s reality, which would be the dystopia that someone wished had not come true. In the article, Dystopias Now, Kim Robinson, expresses what he feels a dystopia is to “exist to express how this moment feels, focusing on a fear as culturally dominant and to the extent this is typical, dystopias can be thought of as a kind of surrealism.” My interpretation of this is dream-like situations overwhelmed with the element of fear that will feel like a possibility to come true. I define surrealism as an art that can feel vividly realistic. In this case, fear has been heightened and embedded into people’s minds in the actions that occur in their society, which makes these fears rise to a realistic reality of becoming true. Besides this idea of fear, control is a powerful tool in a dystopia. In this class, we did two Micro lectures, one covering Surveillance State and Intellectual Property. In this case, we were posed with the idea of how much of our privacy is given up living in this so-called free world. In this society there, so much technology can catch every moment in one’s life, from cameras, phones, laptops, satellites, or any technological tool. The problem is not knowing how much this technology is giving up private information to these apps, companies, and even the government. Although this is a reality we have in society now, it can progressively become horrific to the point that everything in one’s life is overlooked and monitored. 

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