Dystopian Art - Yay or Nay?

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Dystopian Art… Yay or Nay? – By Sis F. Pathos 6/7/2012 Recently dystopian art has risen to become one of the most popular genres of in the western world; this mostly includes but is not limited to fiction and movies. Movies like V for Vendetta or the Hunger Games are amongst some of the most widespread and celebrated pictures in the world along with books like 1984 these are prime examples of dystopian fiction. While some believe that dystopian literature and movies can only be used as entertainment dystopian art is beneficial in the sense that it helps us to not to take the benefits of the governing systems we live under for granted. A dystopian government is defined as being an aggressive and oppressive government that maintains order through control of all aspects of its citizen’s lives; this includes eliminating their rights to privacy. This is how the communist party of Oceania worked in George Orwell’s 1984. In 1984 the main character Winston often expresses displeasure and sometimes paranoia about the fact that he can’t say what he wants due to the dystopian dynamics of the party; “you had to live … in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, every movement scrutinized” in comparison people in a western country like Denmark where you can do what you want in your home and the rights of privacy are accepted. Because of this people see it as a basic human right, thus when said people read dystopian novels like 1984 that is as they find that it is a privilege and that they are lucky. Other than allowing people to appreciate various privileges, dystopian art and expression bear marks of a long and interesting history as it derives from the dream of creating a perfect world, also known as a utopia. Seeing as perfection is impossible so is a Utopian society and so the concept of a dystopian society was born. There have been attempts to create

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