Tag Archives: Utopia

How to Avert a Digital Dystopia

By Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh Source: OneZero “What I find [ominous] is how seldom, today, we see the phrase ‘the 22nd century.’ Almost never. Compare this with the frequency with which the 21st century was evoked in popular culture during, say, the … Continue reading

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The Fine Edge Between Comedy and Horror: The Millions Interviews Margaret Atwood

By Claire Cameron Source: The Millions The Heart Goes Last — Margaret Atwood’s first standalone novel since The Blind Assassin, which won the Man Booker in 2000 — is a novel that teeters on the fine edge between comedy and horror. The … Continue reading

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Insurrection and Utopia, Part 1: “We are Eating From a Trashcan; This Trashcan is Ideology.”

By Dr. Bones Source: Gods and Radicals It all started innocently enough. A friend asked me a question on facebook: “How can you advocate anarchic revolution when your political vision is so far in the minority?” The underlying premise was a … Continue reading

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The Role of Dystopian Fiction in a Dystopian World

By Luther Blissett and J. F. Sebastian of Arkesoul A few years ago, Neal Stephenson wrote a widely-shared article called Innovation Starvation for the World Policy Institute. He began the piece lamenting our inability to fulfill the hopes and dreams … Continue reading

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America’s Mania for Positive Thinking and Denial of Reality Will Be Our Downfall

The ridiculous positivism, the belief that we are headed toward some glorious future, defies reality. By Chris Hedges Source: Alternet The naive belief that history is linear, that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion. It … Continue reading

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Utopia: The Final Frontier

By Sadie Doyle Source: The Baffler Leonard Nimoy, who passed away this past Friday, was less an actor than an icon, an ever-present figure and a seemingly universal pop-culture touchstone. What struck me, upon hearing the news of his death, … Continue reading

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It’s Time for Some Anti-Science Fiction

Source: The Hipcrime Vocab It’s Time for Some Anti-Science Fiction Why must positive depictions of the future always be dependent upon some sort of new technology? Neal Stephenson is a very successful and well-known science fiction writer. He’s also very … Continue reading

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Top AIDS Researchers Killed in Malaysia Airlines Crash

Source: Cryptogon Utopia, Series 2 Episode 1, 14 July 2014, Channel4, Britain: “We have to plant a bomb on board the plane and we have to kill all of them.” Utopia is probably the best show I’ve ever seen on … Continue reading

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