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    Washington Post Attacks ‘Dystopian Fiction’ Genre

    The Washington Post, owned by Amazon head Jeff Bezos, ran a hit piece Saturday attacking the genre of “dystopian fiction.”
    Ironically, the Post’s headline reads: “Dystopian fiction makes people more willing to justify political violence. Should you worry?”
    The Post piece is behind a paywall, which is one Wall the newspaper respects.
    This is an actual passage from the actual article, written by University of Maryland government and politics professor Calvert W. Jones:
    “After this first experiment, we did not know what to do with these results. Would dystopian fiction really have a significant effect on what people thought ethically acceptable?
    In our first experiment we tested two dystopian stories, the Hunger Games series and the Divergent series, to make sure that it was not only a special story that is unique. And both caused similar increases – about eight percentage points – in support of violent political action and the belief that violence is sometimes necessary to achieve justice.”
    Jones’ Washington Post passage ends
    There is not much that can be said about the irony here, because it’s not funny. It is deeply disturbing that our corporate/government overlords’ favorite newspaper is attacking dystopian fiction for making people too violent.
    Will this study be used to justify some government program, some new regulation, some new digital book-burning practice?


    More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/washin...fiction-genre/
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    Hmmm. Perhaps the left is programming violence into the left? The possibility has occurred to me before.

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    Perhaps someone can explain the preponderance of “doom porn” on streaming services like Netflix. There is so much of it, one might wonder if there is an agenda behind it. Or perhaps it is just the negative, empty, depressed mindset that comes from leftism and permanent victim status?

    For examples, we can go back to Al Gore’s movie “The Day After Tomorrow”, or more recently with “The Bird Box” or Obama’s favorite movie of 2018, “Annihilation”. Not to mention the series that spawned many suicides, “13 Reasons Why”.

    Does Netflix reflect the mindset of the typical leftist, or does this “entertainment” program the minds? Or is it a feedback loop of negative reinforcement?
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    Just wait until they find out what the dystopian world ahead of them is.
    I mean dystopian, as in all your enemies now have the power, and you have none. A fart in the wind. Your AI turned against you.
    We will win. You can feel it in the cold air. The smell of bleeding prey.
    The laughing stock.

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    How can ANY society which tolerates SLAVERY be anything BUT DYSTOPIAN?

    If they spy on every move you make, then you ARE their SLAVE.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

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    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    How can ANY society which tolerates SLAVERY be anything BUT DYSTOPIAN?

    If they spy on every move you make, then you ARE their SLAVE.
    Having an entity claim rights to your personal property and labor at the barrel of a gun also makes us all slaves.

    Too many believe that their chains are fine jewelry.

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    I do love being preached to by someone who wasn't alive when Susan Sontag wrote "The Imagination of Disaster."
    https://www.commentarymagazine.com/a...n-of-disaster/

    More WaPo click bait.
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    maybe they should wonder why there is such much dystopian future fiction. Maybe because so many people can see we are heading down the wrong paths, but are unwilling or unable to change the course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    maybe they should wonder why there is such much dystopian future fiction. Maybe because so many people can see we are heading down the wrong paths, but are unwilling or unable to change the course.
    They don't wonder at all. They're just trying to convince us to ignore the consequences until they can get us locked into the wrong path.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    They don't wonder at all. They're just trying to convince us to ignore the consequences until they can get us locked into the wrong path.
    Well I guess it was one of those more rhetorical comments.

    Also, this thread is now about your favorite Dystopian fiction.
    I'll have to think back; but my favorites from this past year were by author: Steven Konkoly
    https://www.amazon.com/Steven-Konkol..._cont_ebooks_1


    The Jakarta Pandemic, was pretty good: about a neighborhood and what happens when a pandemic breaks out.
    https://www.amazon.com/Jakarta-Pande...dp/B0047DX080/

    And the followup series with same characters about an EMP pulse is pretty good as well:

    THE PERSEID COLLAPSE
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZJ4II/



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