There are a lot of dystopian books that have been written over the years. It’s almost eerie how close some of them have come true. Especially the ones that were written a while ago. I highly doubt we are ever going to have a Hunger Game type world where we have 1 kid from every state battle in a fight to the death for the Capital’s enjoyment.
These dystopian books are great. I read them more than any other genre. What I love about them is how they exaggerate whatever party is in power or whatever trait seems to be popular at the time. They exaggerate it to the extreme. A place that it will never go, but a place we should be warned of.
In the news recently, there are a lot of statues that are being torn down because a few people don’t like what they did in history. This reminds me of a few of these books. There is one in particular, 1984. 1984 is a book written about a dystopian future where this all powerful “Big Brother” controls everything we do.
They control our language, they control what we are able to think about, they control what type of history we remember, they control every part of their lives so there is absolutely no expression of individuality. The main character Winston, works in a department called The Ministry of Truth. He alters our history to fit Big Brother’s needs at the time.
Why is this so important?
As we speak, statues are being taken down all over the country because a group of people don’t like how this important historical event in our country’s life makes them feel. They feel the need to alter our history and remove parts of our history in order to control how we feel about it. It starts with removing statues, then it will turn into other things.
We will have filtered news. We will have news sponsored by the government, of wait, we already do! We are living in a world of constant surveillance and we don’t even know it.