Dystopia

collection of 1984 george orwell, brazil. equilibrium and jacobs ladder.

Dytopia is a heavy theme within my concept for this brief, so to enable me to create a believable dystopian world, I am going to look at a few references that I am aware of.

1984 by George Orwell is a novel that encompasses the idea that ‘Big Brother is watching you’. It is a world where there is pervasive government surveillance, public mind control and perpetual war; all of which is lead by Big Brother, the totalitarian cult of personality, and The Party leader who rules under the philosophy that abandons individuality and reason. Without knowing the novel you can already see the dis-content that it emphasizes. It is a world in which a single control rules over all, through the use of mind control, this is the ultimate fear amongst most people. If we can’t think for ourselves, are we actually individual, do we exist as a lone human? Even now this idea is a known issue, as we live in a society that thrives on gossip and human interrelation. It is already known that we are affected by whatever we take in as human beings, a good example of this is how the government uses the media to influence us. I.e. the use of news, and newspapers although I have talked about this in another post so I shall leave this point here. A key factor that I like about the book is the concept that The Party, says that the reason for the mind control regime and the constant surveillance is because they need to ensure that everyone is safe. In actuality this is simply a lie, all they want is total control over the people. This idea relates to the idea of government mistrust that I looked at a while ago.

I think this quote sums up the idea of the book, it is where an Inner Party member describes the Party’s vision of the future:

There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this, Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.
—Part III, Chapter III, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Brazil is one of the strangest films I have ever watched, I remember not knowing anything about it before I saw it and being in awe as it burst into this weird dystopian bureaucracy. It is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam. It follows Sam Lowry as he tries to find a woman that he sees in his dreams, whilst working in a mind numbing job. It is set in a world that has an over-reliance on badly made machines. It is a good reference for my concept as it shows a different approach to what 1984 does, instead of being totally serious, we get a more comedic approach to a dystopian society.
Other things I would like to cite are both Equilibrium and Jacob’s Ladder, as they have both played minor parts in my construction of the concept.
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