Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Dystopia and Disapora

Forms of dystopia are often presented in various areas of media and art. This idea is regularly depicted in movies and novels, yet we don't seem to take any notice of it. Orwell discussed such fears in Nineteen Eighty Four where ideas like 'Big Brother', our disappearing freedom, constant surveillance and contradictory beliefs such as "War is Peace- Freedom is Slavery" were created (Orwell, 1949), - many ideas that have come true in recent years. More recent examples include the following clip from Disney Pixar movie Wall E, which depicts a future where we have had to leave earth because we've quite literally made a mess of it.

These ideas of art imitating life (or vice versa in Orwell) may just represent the Dystopia many of us hope to never happen. The consumerist, selfish and oblivious people that are represented in the above video (while they're an exaggeration) are similar to what we see in our own culture today. We aim to be individualistic, as is common in western culture, yet we still all want to act/look/be the same. 
We have a distorted view of beauty and will pay a fortune just to be like everyone else. Even the concept of 'reality' television is a fake, scripted and tacky representation of how we should be, not what we are.
Heidi Montag from reality show Laguna Beach -
Before and after her extensive plastic surgery
Our culture (namely Western culture) is self-interested and obsessed with appearance, image and how we represent ourselves to one another. While some are concerned with losing our ‘national identity’ through Diaspora and Globalisation – I believe that perhaps we should consider that this may be a good thing. Hopefully it’ll change our perspectives and create a better and more meaningful culture than the one we currently find ourselves in.

Orwell, G 1949, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', New York. Harcourt, Brace & Co.

1 comment:

  1. Kate, An enjoyable blog with good support with a picture and a video. Perhaps some more links away from the blog will add a greater element to it. You have really valid points and great support for them. Heidi Montag was definitely better looking before she ruined herself.