Utopias Becoming Dystopias

This video defines utopias and dystopias, and investigates how a utopia might become a dystopia. Can a seemingly perfect world actually be a dystopia in disguise?

LanguageEnglish Language
LiteratureDystopian Literature
Themes
ThemesCivilization
Transformation

Transcript

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or…war. What if there was a perfect city?

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A… utopia?

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No traffic.

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Clean air.

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Awesome hangouts.

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A place where everybody is beautiful and always young.

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People of every race and religion would get along. There’d be no war, just peace and

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happiness for everyone.

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Perfection, right?

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But wait, there’s no traffic because no one has a car… what if we want to leave?

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Sure, it’s got awesome hangouts, but we’re… kind of tired of just hanging out…

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What if they bulldozed all the parks to make room for the movie theater, the bowling alley,

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the Cantonese-Greek Fusion Restaurant and Hibachi…

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What if the powers-that-be went even further to make society perfect? What if everyone

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had to wear the same perfect clothes?

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What if there’s no race conflict because only one race is allowed?

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And… what if there’s no conflict between people of different religions because the

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government only allows one religion?

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What if there’s no war because there’s only one government that controls every iota

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of every person’s life?

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Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

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We’re beginning to think this place isn’t a utopia at all.

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Maybe… something’s rotten under all the apparent perfection. There must be a word

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for such a place...

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Oh, yeah...dystopia.

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It’s not perfect – it’s controlling and oppressive.

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In the end, the line between a utopia and dystopia might be a lot finer than we think.

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And suddenly we might realize that there may have been better, though more complicated,

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answers to the world’s problems.

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And maybe, deep inside… we might just miss the Bingo & Cross-stitch Hut.

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That is …if the powers-that-be haven’t had our memories erased.