1.)I see the current world situation characteristic of a dystopia. There’s a worldwide mood of fear and anxiety towards the Covid-19 pandemic, with the sequence of events leading up to now almost seeming like part of a science fiction work. It seemed everyone was somewhat ignorant or dismissive of the virus at first. but day by day the numbers grew in china and slowly spread to other countries, and finally descended on our own neighborhoods. For many people it’s been surreal how fast the world has changed in just 30 to 60 days, from business as usual and a hopeful start of a new decade to living through a historical crisis in real time.
I think other aspects of dystopia that were seeing in real life is the failure of our governments to keep the situation under control. Just months ago everyone would’ve thought that our first world infrastructures would be able to contain and handle a new virus, but now we can see how fragile our modern society can be against nature. Im sure everyone has been having dark thoughts of what the future may have in store for us, contributing to our concern and fears for the aftermath of the virus. And for that I see our situation as a dystopian one.
If I were to retell this experience in the future, I would narrate through the third person so that I could reveal as many aspects of the event as I could. I would like to provide insights from the perspectives of several places and points of view rather than be confined to one person’s thoughts and actions. There’s definitely many views and multiple events unfolding during this time and I think they should all get to be explored since this is a worldwide crisis
2.)One of my favorite dystopian works is the science fiction universe of the Fallout videogames. The Fallout games involve survival of humanity after a nuclear war between China and America. the games portray the post apocalypse as a dark wasteland, where humans have fallen from their once utopian societies back to struggling to survive and rebuild civilization. The storytelling of the fallout games includes themes on the natural inhumanity and immorality that humans are capable of without society, making us fear what we could become if society were to collapse. The games pre-war settings use the aesthetics of the 1950s and 60s during the cold war to call back to the other times in history where people feared the consequences of nuclear war and worried about dystopian futures. Since nuclear war is still a prevalent topic today, it continues to tap into our modern fears of apocalypse and destruction of our society.