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Literature

Free Will and Crime in Dystopian Literature

June 13, 2021

The tensions that dystopian literature often underlines between security and free will isn’t one that resides only in the pages—or on the screen—of 1950s science fiction stories. It is a concern that’s relevant even today and appears even more draconian when some of that news includes technologies that use big data to predict and attempt to prevent crime. […]

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Literature

Pre-crime and Policing in ‘Minority Report’

June 13, 2021

In ‘Minority Report’, the protagonist, John Anderton, head of the Precrime Unit knows he is the predicted murderer. Yet, he’s never even heard the name of the man he is supposed to kill. However, ironically, the fear of being removed from society, of being accused of a crime he has not committed, makes him just like everybody else. […]

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Literature

‘Minority Report’: Technology and Free Will

June 12, 2021

The McCarthy Era seemed extreme in the ways it curtailed personal liberties in the 1950s. Minority Report centers around this concern and deals head-on with the intersecting concerns of free will, criminality and the role of technology in keeping us safe. […]

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British Literature

“Nineteen Eighty-Four” and the Genre of Dystopia

June 10, 2021

In “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, there is a commitment to showing the potential of a totalitarian government to deliberately challenge the notion of the real. Maybe that’s why the book remains completely relevant even today. […]

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Literature

John Wyndham: The Real Pioneer in Science Fiction

May 30, 2021

There are four different dark narratives in science fiction literature that shows a society after, before, and within an apocalypse. The narrative of ‘The Chrysalids’ describes a society after an apocalypse that happened some 1000 years earlier. […]

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British Literature

Dystopia and the Mechanisms of Totalitarian Rule

May 26, 2021

In a dystopia, the citizens can grasp the mechanics of the society they live in, but not its underlying motives. They can understand the ‘how’ but not the ‘why’. Orwell, Arendt, and Zamyatin all try to find the answer to this ‘why’ by looking at the society through the lens of totalitarianism. […]

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