Saturday, September 27, 2008

I ask myself daily:

What kind of world are we leaving for our children? Reading the tea leaves is a bit tricky, but I do think that a study of various dystopian scenarios is well advised.

"Land of the Free" (a short film by John Jensen, h/t ddjango):



Haley's Nose, America 2009 - a serial in seven parts: A GoodJob Day in America; Defense Secretary William Boykin frowned. "Eleven?"; God's wayward Children of Israel; "The Citizen Defenders Program, Sir"; Without the Jews, We have no Rapture; Welcome America's very first Citizen Defender; The Department of Chastity and Doctrine. See also from the same author at a different blog, Artichoke Circus.

I'm of course a fan of such novels as Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World. The graphic novel V for Vendetta would also be worth an examination. As for movies - if you have the funds to afford to rent a DVD (perhaps a luxury in these desperate times), might I suggest the film adaptation of V for Vendetta, as well as George Lucas' THX-1138 and the Terry Gilliam classic Brazil? Also highly recommended is the regrettably canceled television series Jericho. One can still watch full episodes at its CBS site for the time being - and of course if one has access to the relevant funds, one might also get the DVDs for both seasons.

None of the above will make for happy reading or viewing - but bleak times call for a clarion call, lest the eventual reality equals or surpasses fictitious dystopian scenarios.

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