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6 Basic questions all societies must answer:. From http://www.uwec.edu/geography/ivogeler/w188/articles/utopia.htm. Defining Utopia • An ideal place (everyone lives in peace and harmony) that does not exist in reality. A place, state, or condition that is ideally “perfect” in respect of:

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6 basic questions all societies must answer
6 Basic questions all societies must answer:

From http://www.uwec.edu/geography/ivogeler/w188/articles/utopia.htm

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Defining Utopia

  • • An ideal place (everyone lives in peace and harmony) that does not exist in reality. A place, state, or condition that is ideally “perfect” in respect of:
    • Politics
    • Laws
    • Customs
    • Conditions
    • Values and beliefs

Eu - a prefix from Greek meaning good.

Ou - a prefix from Greek meaning not.

Topia - a root from Greek meaning place.

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American Values and Ideals

Why did Pilgrims come to America?

• Enlightenment Values

• Enlightened Self- Interest

• The Pursuit of Happiness

• Self-Determination

• Expansionism

dystopia
Dystopia
  • The antonym of utopia
  • An imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives
dystopian concepts a dystopia may have
Dystopian ConceptsA Dystopia may have:
  • Totalitarian dictatorship
  • What does totalitarian mean?
    • It refers to a society in which nearly every aspect of public and private behavior is regulated by the government. “Big Brother”
  • Glorification and justification of violence
  • Technology that replaces humanity
  • Negative social trends taken to nightmarish extremes
    • A poor standard of living among the lower and middle classes
characteristics of dystopian literature
Characteristics of Dystopian Literature
  • Fictional and futuristic
  • Serve as warnings to contemporary man
  • Comment on our own current society
  • A protagonist that questions the society
  • Set in the future but resembles contemporary society
what if
What if. . .
  • No one had to go to school?
  • You could have an iPod in your brain?
  • Your computer could read your thoughts?
  • No one had to pay taxes?
  • Everyone had plastic surgery?
  • Babies were scientifically created?
  • Advanced science and technology could abolish suffering and death?

This is a Dystopia in the Making!

gattaca 1997

Dystopian Movies

Gattaca (1997)

Did you find what you were looking for?

  • Genetic Discrimination
  • Concerns of reproductive technologies
  • Destiny
i robot 2004

Dystopian Movies

I, Robot (2004)

Did you find what you were looking for?

  • Man vs. Machine
  • Humanoid Robotics
  • Advancement of Technology
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Other Dystopian films:

Fahrenheit 451

Wall-E

Minority Report

The Matrix

The Stepford Wives

Children of Men

on a venn diagram
On a Venn Diagram…
  • Utopia vs. Dystopia-
    • How are they the same, and how are they different? (Use a blank piece of white paper)
on the other side of your paper
On the other side of your paper…
  • Draw a Concept Definition Map for Utopia.
  • The Venn Diagram, and the Concept Definition Map do not need to be complete, but you must have a good start on both.