The Future World of 2014
Big Brother is Watching You - 1984
“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
V said the quote, “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” to Evey when he was making toast and eggs for her in the Shadow Gallery. This quote relates to a dystopian society because the totalitarian Great Britain tries to control their society with illusions of a perfect society filled with lies as they try to trap their citizens in their country. Great Britain made everything look like a utopia while in the shadows they were kidnapping people that try to conform against them and kill them. This quote relates to our world because the government is trying to take away all of our privacy by listening in on our phone conversations and by saving everything we do online on a data file.
A dystopia is a universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system (Terri Chung). Our world today is a dystopian society because we are perceived to be under constant surveillance by the United States. According to Big data, Meet big brother The U.S. government is collecting massive quantities of citizen’s digital signatures- Billions of phone calls and e-mails and internet searches. Where you eat, shop and travel; whom you call, e-mail and text; every website, café and museum you visit even once is all stored in the great digital cloud. And you can’t delete anything ever (big data, meet big brother). Most Americans are not aware of what is really going on, but the ones that do know accept it as a part of life. The citizens of the United States privacy is steadily eroding as the feds become more obsessed with tracking their citizens, recording their citizens, and stacking up information on their citizens.
Another reason our world is a dystopian is because the United States is made out to look like the perfect utopian world even though they still have inequality and poverty. In the United States the rich live like kings and the poor gets even poorer. The gap between the upper class and the lower class grows wider every year. Labor unions will continue to erode as corporations concentrate more wealth and power. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of involuntary part-time workers rose by 322,000 to 8.2 million in June." Poverty in the United States rise and fall every year; it never balances out and the long term decline in income troubles economists.
Our world is nothing less than a dystopian as the United States use propagandas so people will believe they're the perfect utopia.
The Ridge - Poem
Peachtree Ridge, a school filled with hopes and dreams,
Leads a legacy of high expectations.
A trend of illusions that spread like cream,
Controls the students through relentless regulations.
Students criticize and judge each other,
By how they look and what they wear.
Putting each student against one another
Making this school, a school of despair.
White and blue are the school colors,
Students wear the colors like a uniform.
In the end students all act like brothers,
coming together to uniform.
Peachtree Ridge is the perfect utopia,
But in the end its just another dystopia
Fight For Your RIghts - 2nd Amendment
Wednesday, Dec. 11th 2013 at 12pm to Monday, Dec. 16th 2013 at 11:45pm
Washington, DC, United States
The "Fight for Your Rights protest" is about how the United States Governments are trying to strip away our rights to bear and carry weapons. The U.S. Governments are trying to make new laws that strip away honest citizen’s rights to keep weapons on them at any time of the day. We the people shall have a peaceful, but harsh protest in Washington D.C. advocating the right to bear arms.
A trend that a lot of people do now in our society is smoke cigarettes. Cigarettes are a thin cylinder of finely cut tobacco rolled in paper (the thinner virgin of a cigar). Smoking is very addictive because tobacco contains a powerful drug called nicotine (Cancer Research UK). Nicotine is a stimulant that increases your heart rate and effects many different parts of your brain and body. (Cancer Research UK). Almost every one that smoke cigarettes do it for the pleasure or to look cool. Smoking cigarettes help relieve stress and relax people. It’s the way of life now. Back in the 1900’s when cigarettes were first introduced they weren’t as popular, but as time passed people views on cigarettes started to change. In our society now cigarettes are smoked to waste time or blow people’s troubles away. Statistics show that 90 percent of smokers began before the age of 21 (dosomething.org). Teenagers and adults are at neck-and- neck when it comes to smoking cigarettes. The reason smoking cigarettes is a dystopia is because the media made cigarettes look cool to smoke and everyone does it.
Dystopian Song - In the year 2525 by Zagar and Evans
In the Year 2525 (made by Zager and Evans), is a song that talks about the evolution of the human race from 2525 to 9595 and how it leads up to the humankind destruction. It’s a dystopian song because it talks about how mankind is leading the earth into destruction with war and greed. In this song mankind has done the unthinkable and now everything is going downhill into an apocalypse. This song is a theme of 1984 because in 1984 the government in the U.K. is trying to make their country into a utopia by controlling their people with fear and power which will only destroy their world as they try to conquer other parts of the world; basically saying that the human race is killing the earth as they try to take over the world.
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