Dystopia: Introduction- Part 1
There comes a point in the existence of our species when what we always thought would be forever in our imagination, or forever on our screens; would eventually come to life. We have known for a very long time that if we continue in the direction that we have been heading, our fate will be sealed as one of a dystopian ending. I enjoy dystopian films; ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Children of Men’, ‘I Robot’, ‘Book of Eli’. I don’t like these films because they show the human race in a state of ruin, or helplessness; I like these films because no matter how much you try and deny it, and no matter how much you want your perfect Utopian life to come true; these are the films that most realistically resemble the future we are entering.
It’s no secret that our world is slowly falling apart, that tensions between countries are at an all-time high. This however is merely the beginning of what I’m talking about. World War 3 is one thing, what comes after is an entirely different and much more serious case of affairs.
Now I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be beyond awesome to find yourself in the middle of the Capitol, just like Hunger Games; but just think for a minute, would you actually be part of that society? I mean come on; do you really think that after WW3-when this country like most others is in a state of absolute terror and devastation-the government isn’t going to crack down on EVERYTHING? They’re going to protect their own and the rest of you are going to be left out in the cold.
Sorry, that got a bit dark…
Another fine and equally terrifyingly believable way of looking at how our world is declining is through a series that was shown a while ago on T.V called Black Mirror, the episode I’m going to be talking about being ‘Fifteen Million Merits’. This is a dark satire aimed at reality television and to be honest, it basically hits the nail on the head. As a nation we’re obsessed with reality T.V; Big Brother (for some insane reason), X factor, Britain’s Got Talent. These shows all give their respective participants the shot at a better life. The thing about Black Mirror however, is that it exaggerates it; the idea being that you can’t get out of your trapped, mundane existence until you become famous through this one route. Kids have no motivation to do anything ambitious these days because they aspire to be like someone from Big Brother or TOWIE (if you read my blog you’ll know by now how much I dislike those people). My point is that if they all aspire to be like these idiots then future generations will think like this too and a massive anti-social, uneducated snowball of devolution will begin.
That last paragraph is far from my main point; it was just an angry diversion and I’ll now get back to the topic in hand.
Dystopia; It’s a scary concept, isn’t it. It’s something that we don’t often think about because we kind of believe, in a worryingly naïve manner, that this world will be the same forever; not on your life. The world is changing and we’d best be ready for it when it does. The gap between the rich and the poor is ever growing, especially in places like America, where the idea of the ‘American Dream’ is slowly fading to nightmare. The simple fact of the matter is, it’ll be us and them and the sooner we all realise this, the sooner we can get on with preparing.
I am obviously being a tad over-dramatic, but little pockets of the world are all becoming more and more irritable with one another and the idea of WW3 is becoming more of a reality.
The thing that bothers me the most about this is that for some, nothing will change; WW3 will for them simply be just another credit crunch or depression and then they’ll carry on with their perfectly ordinary lives. Gates to Royal Parks across the country WILL close to the public, businesses WILL collapse and life as we know it WILL change.
The main point that I want to make in this part (Part 1) is that our future is most probably not going to be what we have always expected. Back in the 40s, 50s and even 60s, people thought that the 2000s would be a new age of flying cars and robot servants; what we actually got was a slightly improved Ford Focus and Nick Clegg. We are improving in certain areas such as technologically, but that’s something I’m saving for Part 2.
Join me in part 2 where I explore our future from more of a technological point of view.
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Until next time…