The Revitalization

Breathing New Life Into The Desolate And Lackluster

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people"

In V for Vendetta, chief officer Finch is the one who voices his opinion to his assistant, Dominick. This statement is true, because if people lived in fear, they would eventually grow tired and revolt. Governments are supposed to give order, but in a dystopian society this is not the case. People live in fear of their government and the government often takes advantage of this.


School Sonnet

Blank white walls

All look the same

Authority standing tall

No relaxing, no games

Eyes are always watching

Every movement you do

Forced to always be matching

Every Friday, dressed in blue

Every morning, stand and pledge

Then 30 seconds of silence

No one is ever on the edge

Yet people are, the first day since

For 7 hours, the world is dim

Takes only 7 hours to become one of them

Dystopian paragraphs


Life today may appear free, but everyone is being tracked through their phones, their laptops, and even by their faces. There is such a reserve of man power within our government to spy on suspicious characters or who the government believes are suspicious. In recent years people have been fined and/or arrested for posting a comment that was found to be unsatisfactory about the president or any other politician. Slowly the world is starting to resemble something from George Orwell's imagination. Always under constant surveillance, everything one says is recorded and looked over. Even the mindless thoughts people broadcast over the internet are examined and evaluated. If someone is found to be a threat, they are taken in for questioning.[120]

Another strangely similar characteristic of the United States today is there has always been a war over seas to take part in. Some american manufacturers create products the will inevitably be destroyed or used up in some way, but the producer of the product feels as if they helped in some way. it is true that any supplies help the war effort over seas, but we have no need to be fighting there in the first place. The people are simply told they need to help support the war effort to help bring troops home, but the United States has been at war for years.[226]

Furthermore, the government of the United States hides certain programs from the public such as animal testing and more recently the invasion of people's privacy by the NSA. The NSA scrutinizes messages and recordings of people suspected of being a danger to others or even themselves. After inspecting these and analyzing the importance the message may have, they report it to whomever is needed to deal with the threat. What most people are unaware of is that the NSA has past laws allowing them to invade anyone's privacy under the suspicion that they may be a threat. Most recently a 16 year old girl posted a nasty comment on Twitter that attracted unwanted attention from the secret service (Faherty). She is still under investigation. [351]

This sixteen year old wasn't the only one to be suspected to be a threat. At least a hundred other innocent citizens have been investigated on suspicion of plotting to assassinate our president. Who could blame them? He has been passing laws without the public's knowledge, allowing anyone to be tracked and spied on at any moment. [408]

The world is slowly becoming a prison where everyone is watched and analyzed every day. Soon there will be more restrictions put in place further limiting the freedoms people have. Freedom of speech, freedom of press, and freedom of assembly will be narrowed to a point where they don't even exist. Shortly after that other rights will be taken away. The economy is already headed in that direction, and we accelerate toward that future with every action. The fate of the United States is nearly inevitable. It's only a matter of time.[500]

Theme Song

Uprising by Muse

Paranoia is in bloom,
The PR transmissions will resume,
They'll try to push drugs that keep us all dumbed down,
And hope that we will never see the truth around
(So come on)
Another promise, another scene,
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed,
And all the green belts wrapped around our minds,
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined
(So come on)

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious
(So come on)

Interchanging mind control,
Come let the revolution take it's toll,
If you could flick a switch and open your third eye,
You'd see that
We should never be afraid to die
(So come on)

Rise up and take the power back,
It's time the fat cats had a heart attack,
You know that their time's coming to an end,
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious
So come on

They will not force us,
They will stop degrading us,
They will not control us,
We will be victorious


Uprising by the band Muse is a perfect example of a dystopian themed song. In the first stanza, it addresses how in a post apocalyptic society, the ruling body would try controlling people by using drugs, feeding lies, and "red tape to keep the truth confined" (Muse). Even the title of the song, "Uprising", is referring to rising up against the ones ruling over the population. This entire song is referring to a dystopian society similar to the one created by George Orwell in his book 1984. In 1984, Winston Smith work in the ministry of truth which has the soul purpose to cover up the past and create lies for people to believe such as the "packaged lies" this song refers to (Orwell).

End to Lackluster

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 12am-11:45pm

Everywhere

On the eighteenth of December, in order to breathe new life into our dying world, we will be shutting down everything. Cars will remained parked. Trash will be removed and the streets scrubbed down. This lackluster world we live in has become corrupted by greed and power. We will revitalize our world, every last one of us, together.


Dystopian Trends

People make their way to the stadium or to their living room televisions. They dress in full costume for the events. Every play and every move is watched with undivertable attention. This is the world of sports, but more specifically to the United States, football. Sports fans are not only devoted to their teams, but hold harsh grudges against teams who are rivals. Even people who are for the opposing team are instantly disliked because of their teams' relationship. Followers are usually brain washed by their parents and in turn brain wash their own kids. It becomes a tradition and a way of life. People not only follow their teams, but are superstitious that their own actions depict the outcome of their team's success. The world of sports is very much so a Dystopian society in itself.

Work Cited

Faherty, John. "Secret Service Investigates Ohio Teen's Tweet about Obama."News.cincinnati.com. Ganett News Service, 8 Sept. 2012. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.


Muse. "Uprising." Rec. 11 Sept. 2009. Warner Music UK Limited, 2009. MP3.


Orwell, George. 1984. Barcelona: Ediciones Destino, 1997. Print.


V for Vendetta. Dir. James Mcteigue. Perf. Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves. Warner Brothers, 2005. Film.