“No work of dystopian fiction has ever stopped the scenarios it portrays from happening. 1984 didn’t prevent the surveillance state, and Blade Runner didn’t hinder corporate destruction of our environment.” ~Redfern Jon Barrett

@kew I liked Laurie Penie's comments but they are not as ...succinct?

“Utopia, as most people understand it, would mean a society of stasis, where nothing could or should ever change. Fossilized and airless,” Penny continues. “Utopia is the search for utopia. It is a point on the map where the journey is what matters.”

"Rather than perfect futures, Penny explains that she is “far more interested in societies that want to be much better than they are now.” And maybe that is the key to making a utopia that is relatable to modern audiences—to show how a better world can grow out of dystopia."


@acharnes yeah she kind of meandered throughout the article and it comes off as her just trying to pump out filler for like 1/2 of it.

that aside, when she does get it, she gets it right on the nose

@acharnes I guess it's even more depressing than that. I bet someone saw the pre-crime concept of 'Minority Report' and thought 'man, we're gonna get us some of that!'.

@acharnes you seem to be implying that 1984, etc had no positive impact. I disagree. I think a lot of people have pushed back on surveillance after reading such fiction

@waterbear it's not my quote, but I think the point is that push back is not enough.

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