The Evolution of Dystopia

kristy ackerman

 “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

― George Orwell, 1984

It may not have been Orwell’s intent, but in saying that, George Orwell effectively demonstrated the authoritarian dominance of power which exists within the 21st Century. This idea, that a dystopian text can highlight the potential of society’s flawed traits to transcend into dystopic, chaotic realities was previously explored in my blog ‘Dystopias of yesterday as today’s reality’. Within the blog, I distinguished potential texts which highlight this concern and relevant research into the dystopian genre. However, in developing a video essay, I have chosen to narrow my focus and instead focus on four main texts to showcase the potential and relevance of dystopian texts in contemporary society.  ‘Just Another Media Blog’  has also, previously dissected dystopian texts to compare to contemporary society as seen here. However, through curating a video…

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