1. The present situation feels as if people are seeing, or becoming more aware, of the society as an anti-utopia. Middle class people are seeing how fallible healthcare tied to employment is. They are seeing how much the government can do for homeless people and disadvantaged people but were previously choosing not to (or rather choosing not to allocate the funds to). But like the video said, as much as these are troubling times, it has the possibility to spark a revolution, to build a utopia.
If I were to tell this experience as a story decades in the future, I would narrate it as a sort of social awakening, but I think it might be interesting to tell the story from point of view of the increasingly fearful and paranoid member of the 1% (and government members receiving donations from the wealthy). Portraying their obscene decadence and wealth in a time of such a crisis could make for interesting contrast. I also think this could create an element of satire. A scene that came to mind could be a rich person lounging in their luxurious couch watching television on their plasma-screen TV and they switch the channel to from the news coverage of the evictions due to job layoffs to a documentary on the French Revolution.
2. I tend not to read dystopias because, to be blunt, they kind of bum me out. I suppose it feels as if the only two options in this genre are: dismantle the system or continue living in it. It feels like a helpless loop of win or lose, be good or turn bad.
But I actually just started The Road by Cormac McCarthy and like it so far. It is grim and gloomy, sure, but simple, with few characters and less plot. It feels as though it is more about what happens to the main characters (the father and son), not the world. Perhaps that is because there appears to be no hope for the world, but I like the personal touch this has on the story as a whole.
While the main genres seem to be pretty consistently dystopian, post-apocalyptic and science fiction, there are times it seems to have some elements of horror. It seems as if it is almost in effort to drive home the dire and hideous state of the world. With such a straightforward plot, the novel could be read through many different metaphorical lenses: the brutality of humans, the strength in love, or even the beauty of innocence.