next stop, dystopialand

“Get a good night’s sleep and don’t bug anybody without asking me.” – Richard M. Nixon

Dystopia used to be the special needs child of literary topics appearing in public now and again only to recieve head shakes and polite aversion.

We Yvgeny Zemyatin
1984 George Orwell
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Anthem Ayn Rand
This Perfect Day Ira Levin
The Trial Franz Kafka
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

The banner of dystopian fatalism was quietly taken up by literary fringe-junkies: Running Man Steven King, Logan’s Run William F. Nolan, Make Room!, Make Room!,Harry Harrison, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick, Neuromancer William Gibson. Only to have the topic seep into mainstream media under the guise of mindless entertainment: Terminator James Cameron, Battle Royale Koushun Takami, 12 Monkeys by Terry Gilliam, V for Vendetta Alan Moore, Equilibrium Kurt Wimmer, Gattaca Andrew Niccol, Aeon Flux Peter Chung.

These days the trappings of dystopia greet us with the morning paper and tuck us in with the nightly newstream. Nothing has been foretold that has not come to pass in some small way: paranoia is common sense, self-medication is laudative act, xenophobia is a defense strategy, and the righteous fear nothing

“Let us be thankful we have commerce. Buy more. Buy more now. Buy more and be happy.” – THX 1138

the revision thing: Civil rights historian Taylor Branch has been lecturing on. Whereas the popular political pastime of trimming off untidy bits of truth has reached a new velocity with the Washingtonian Wikipedia Wars. (i love a little alliteration in the morning)

Up the Amazon: in increasingly hysterical frequency Amazon is laying on more virtual intimacy. Upon logging into Amazon’s homepage you will be greated by a newly minted ‘plog (a twisted misuse of the word PLUG.) Which is a blog like post generated from parts unknown and like all things Amazon dictatated by your previous and potential purchases.

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