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Why has the concept of dystopia remained important to us over time, and what does this...

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mijeejo | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) Honors

Posted December 1, 2009 at 9:40 AM via web

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Why has the concept of dystopia remained important to us over time, and what does this concept still have to tell us?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 1, 2009 at 10:58 AM (Answer #1)

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What a great question! I think vision of dystopia remains with us, because for all the talk of progress and a bright future, we see constant set backs and glimpses of complete chaos. Every time there is a war, or problems that stem from greed, such as world hunger or even things like pandemics, we are reminded that we live in precarious times. Imagine living in Rwanda during their genocide. The point is that we can talk all we want about progress and education, but reality at times show us something else. Also consider our present economic problems. I will add a link to a post I wrote on this topic.

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