1.The COVID19 virus situation we are living through feels almost like being in a zombie film. We are all locked at home, and when we do venture out into the world, we are trying not to get sick with the virus. Another way to look at this is from a utopian/dystopian perspective: suddenly the world as it has existed comes to a stop, and people are forced to live in ways they never considered before. Keeping in mind Kim Stanley Robinson's notion of science fiction as acting via a double lens action (see the reading above, "Dystopias Now"): How do you see the present situation? Do you feel that it has utopian possibilities? Or do you feel that we are living in a dystopian moment? If you were to tell this experience as a story many decades in the future, how would you narrate it? What form would you use to convey the content of the present experience of living through COIVD19. Would you narrate this experience in the third person past tense (“little did we realize that the world was about to change”), or another way? Why would you make one choice as opposed to another?
-Our present situation feels very anti-utopian, of course this is because we as the common folk aren’t willing enough to go out there and protest against these huge companies that want to take advantage of the crisis we are facing. There’s no such possibility as a perfect society but this situation has certainly been eye opening to those that aren’t covered by the government and to those that aren’t blessed enough. It’s one of those things that show the issues that lie within the current day and yet if you shut these companies down that are given an out, I believe they’ll be replaced by similar companies. This video however has made an impact on how I view the virus and our current situation.
-I would narrate it as a tragedy that yet again once more terrified the public into panic and provided an out for large companies, unless of course we find a way to stand against it.
2.Do you have a favorite utopian or dystopian movie or book? What do you like about it? What kind of genres are activated in this book/movie, and how do they function (metaphorically, allegorically, etc.)?
-Yes, it’s sci-fi made for high schoolers (or so I think it is) and it’s called Ender’s Game. It’s about prodigies being trained to fight aliens their whole lives and it’s dystopian for sure, the interesting part of it is that it turns utopian. The whole book portrays these aliens as enemies and you could argue that the aliens may represent those from a different country, those that we are at war with. As the protagonist goes through their character development they end up surprising you at the end by feeling terrible for killing an entire race as they thought the “war” was a simulation, they find the last of their kind and bring them back from extinction.