Dystopia Today

How dystopian literature and society correlate now

"Our job is to report the news, not fabricate it. That's the government's job."

Dascomb said this to a news reporter after the demolition of the Old Bailey. It was said to ensure the government always had control over its country and the events that happened. Dystopian societies always have the answer to everything. The government knows all and the people are kept in shadows about what really happened. When the Old Bailey was blown up, the government quickly had to make up a reason to tell people and for it to be logical. When huge disasters happened in today's world the government downplays their actual significance. Such as, September 11th, 2001, the media and history books wrote it down as a radicaly, enraged group of muslims from the Middle East who hate America and randomly flew planes into the Twin Towers. When in reality, we had several threats, we were told it was going to happen, and we downplayed the severity of the actions because we are "Big, Bad USA" and no one messes with us.

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Dystopian School

I wake up every morning

Dreading to go to school

It certainly is a time of mourning

They think we are all such a fool

Constantly being eyed

My life definitely not mine

These adults who have lied

We are all just another tree in the pine

Given a number to identify

A forced schedule to follow

Cameras that spy

I cannot be alone, wherever shall I go

We are told we are safe here

In reality, it is a place we all fear

Our Dystopian World

The world we live in today, is actually not far from the George Orwell, 1984 society. The thought of being watched at every corner with government listening in to your every conversation is not far fetched. Being cruelly punished for what the government suspects you did wrong with no evidence is a harsh reality, and it is not other countries we must look at to find this. It lies right here in the states.

“Americans were probably most shocked by the revelation that the U.S. government is collecting massive quantities of their digital signatures—billions of phone calls and e-mails and internet searches” (Zakaria). The federal government can look at every last one of your calls, texts, e-mails, internet searches, etc... with no way of you stopping them. “Where you eat, ship 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” (Zakaria). The phone you carry in your pocket that is so personal to you, with every secret you’ve ever had, is not so personal after all. With the click of a button the government can access that phone and read all your records. When you think you’re all alone and no one can find you, not just the government, anyone with a high tech computer, can locate you just by that phone. You see you are never alone and always watched if you think about it. There is always “telescreens” around you and the more technology advances the easier it will become to know everything about you.

“Over the past 33 years, the Executive Branch has made 33,900 requests for surveillance to a special court created to make sure there are solid grounds to grant these surveillance powers. The court has approved all but 11 of them” (Zakaria). In a country that is promised freedom and liberty, does it truly give its citizens that freedom? Passing almost 34,000 surveillance acts to spy on the people and “check” if they are doing anything bad. That sounds like a population under watch. That sounds like a population under constant rule of government who wants total control of its people. “The tricky work of turning information into knowledge has shifted form causation to correlation” (Zakaria). The feds have now begun using technology to predict when the next crime will be. It is no longer about finding the bad guy, it’s about finding the links and web searches that correlate to the crimes. This may sound good due to stopping the criminal before he does the crime but what about the people who are really innocent?

A perfect example of this is the detainees of Guentanamo Bay. Hundreds of innocent Muslims were held in this detention center due to being a threat to the U.S. Government. Sound a little familiar to you? After the attack on the World Trade Centers the United States went into the Middle East and profiled hundreds of men according to how they lived and followed religion. Sure many of them were apart of the terroristic group Al Queada and involved in the 9/11 attack but plenty more were innocent civillians the government had deemed a threat. The government of Oceania was quite the same and used the same thoughts and tactics against all who committed treason. These men were taken from their families and tortured for several years all because of a thought that was probably wrong. There was no hard evidence against all of them yet they were all treated like terrorists.

How much closer can we get to the Oceania government or have we already arrived there? Has the government brainwashed us so easily to believe we are free and not being watched? People say that the United States cannot be like that 1984 society because we are a free nation born on humane rights. Take a real hard look at the government and society nowadays. Look at how everyone is glued to their phones being tracked everywhere they go yet they don’t think twice about it. Look at the government making false accusations and torturing innocent men. The United States has become Oceania, the people are just too ignorant to realize it.

Works Cited

Zakaria, Fareed. "Big Data, Meet Big Brother." Time Magazine. N.p., 3 July 2013. Web. 6 Dec. 2013.

Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek

"The Sweeping Insensitivity of This"

This song, Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap, is a perfect example of dystopian society because it is written about the Holocaust. Anyone who looks back at the Holocaust can see that Hitler was trying to make that dystopian society we so greatly hate. He was exterminating the races that were not to his liking in order to create the "perfect race." This song creates the feeling of uncertainty and fear of what might happen next. “Where are we? What the hell is going on? … Sinking, feeling … Rub my eyes, This can’t be happening.” The Jews wondering what is going on and where they are going when in transit to the concentration camps. They are fearful of what is to come and skeptical if it’s really happening saying “wait rub my eyes maybe I’ll wake up from this terrible nightmare.” Similar to how Winston, when he was caught, didn’t exactly know where he was going. Possibly had the hope that it had all been a dream and he would wake up not in the Ministry of Love. “The sweeping insensitivity of this.” Imogen is saying how utterly terrible and cruel the Nazis were and had no compassion. The Party were essentially Nazis. They did not care who you were, how close they were to you, if they liked you, if you betrayed Big Brother you were an insect to them and a pest they needed to exterminate. “Mm, what'd you say? Mm, that you only meant well, Well of course you did. Mm, what'd you say? Mm, that it's all for the best? Of course it is. Mm, what'd you say? Mm, that it's just what we need? You decided this. Mm, what'd you say?” Imogen is sarcastically asking Hitler, “You only meant well? Sure you did. It’s all for the best? Of course it is. That it’s just what we need? You decided this.” Hitler doesn’t know what they need or what will be for the best, he decided they weren’t valuable enough to live and should be forever extinct. Just like the Party didn’t know what was best for the people of Oceania yet they were all powerful and believed they were God so they could make the decisions for the people. They only meant well for themselves and for no one else. They only wanted more power.

Where are we? What the hell is going on?
The dust has only just begun to fall,
Crop circles in the carpet, sinking, feeling.
Spin me 'round again and rub my eyes.
This can't be happening.
When busy streets amass with people
Would stop to hold their heads heavy.

Hide and seek.
Trains and sewing machines.
All those years they were here first.

Oily marks appear on walls
Where pleasure moments hung before.
The takeover, the sweeping insensitivity of this still life.

Hide and seek.
Trains and sewing machines. (Oh, you won't catch me around here)
Blood and tears,
They were here first.

Mmm, what you say?
Mm, that you only meant well? Well, of course you did.
Mmm, what you say?
Mm, that it's all for the best? Of course it is.
Mmm, what you say?
Mm, that it's just what we need? And you decided this.
What you say?
Mmm, what did you say?

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth.
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut-outs.
Speak no feeling, no I don't believe you.
You don't care a bit. You don't care a bit.

(hide and seek)
Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth.
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut-outs.
(hide and seek)
Speak no feeling, no I don't believe you.
You don't care a bit. You don't care a bit.

(hide and seek)
You don't care a bit.
You don't care a bit.
You don't care a bit.
(hide and seek)
You don't care a bit.
You don't care a bit.

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Government Protest Riot

Tuesday, Jan. 7th, 4pm

Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

On January 7th, 2014 we are going to stand out in Washington D.C. and protest the government's over taxing. We are tired of the power hungry government leaders that only care about taking our money. We will walk all around the District of Columbia and not leave until the government takes away these infringing taxes on our rights such as the Affordable Healthcare Act. No government shall tell me what product I have to buy. We will have posters, chants, marches, and stand outside the White House until they end these taxes. Congress is not God. We are a nation founded on democracy and the government cannot and will not rule without the consent of the governed.

War Eagle

It’s a crisp, fall afternoon in southern Alabama. Game day! “War Eagle!” here and a “War Damn!” there. Everyone is walking around the streets dressed in their bright orange and navy blue. They have spent the whole week planning and getting excited for the Tigers to go out and win their next football game. “War Eagle!” you hear once again. You see the old 1950s trucks decked out in their Auburn paint colors blasting the Auburn theme song. “Ever to conquer never to yield!” Walking through Tumors Corner is one of the most riveting parts. This is where you’ll see the happiest fans, the most intense fans, and the oldest of traditions. Plenty go into Tumor’s pharmacy to get that famous lemonade while others just want the Mama Goldberg’s sandwiches. You can hear the crowd of the student section from a mile away listening to the head cheerleader call out each chant. Another “War damn Eagle!” from a fanatic. The game is about to start and the old tradition of the eagle flying into center field starts it off. Once the game is done and the Tigers have gotten that sweet victory everybody runs to Tumors Corner and makes it a winter wonderland with toilet paper. Screaming, “War Eagle,” as they toss the roll over the power lines and trees. Another great Saturday has come to an end with thoughts of next week already starting. When you take a step back and look at these crazy traditions you’ll see how dystopian society is going on every week. All the fans know when to say, “War Eagle.” They all know exactly what to say and when to say it. In unison they chant the song of Auburn and sing with their whole heart. Praise the eagle flying down to center field as if it is a god. Everyone is dressed the exact same and follows the trends of tradition and love for their team. They hate the other side of their state and wish nothing but the worst for them. Every Tiger follows the “true” way of being a fan and almost enjoys their sports team more than their actual family.

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Works Cited Page

Imogen Heap. "Hide and Seek." Rec. 2005. 2005. CD.

Orwell, George. 1984: A Novel. New York, NY: Published by Signet Classic, 1977. Print.

V for Vendetta. Dir. James McTeigue. Perf. Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving. 2005. Film.

Zakaria, Fareed. "Big Data, Meet Big Brother." Time 8 July 2013: n. pag. Print.