Feed Real World/Novel Connections

http://greatist.com/health/are-genetically-modified-foods-dangerous-042512/ (On genetically modified foods.) Meat fields.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-koehler/corporate-personhood_b_433615.html (Corporate personhood and the 2010 law of unlimited corporate sponsorship of political candidates.) Corporate control.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90755433 (a radio interview from NPR with Mark Bauerlein on his book The Dumbest Generation. What are students using their technology for?) The intelligence difference between Violet, Titus, and Titus’ friends.

Other dystopian novels with similar themes: Brave New World, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451. Don’t forget to include some of my posts on Brave New World

Fahrenheit 451, written in 1950 under the title “The Fireman,” deals more with different forms of media gaining prominence in the culture, and what happens to the other forms when they fall by the wayside. Also, Bradbury’s novel deals more with censorship, but readers should pay special attention for why that censorship happens. What type of atmosphere came about in the world of the novel? Social apathy or Fascist government? As Beaty in Bradbury’s novel says: “But the public, knowing what it wanted, spinning happily, let the comic books survive. And the three-dimensional sex magazines, of course. There you have it, Montag. It didn’t come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time, you are allowed to read comics, the good old confessions, or trade journals.” (p.57-58)

Brave New World is an earlier novel by Aldus Huxley written in 1932. It centers on a pleasure obsessed culture filled with promiscuity and chemically induced highs. The character of the Savage faces a difficult dilemma of assimilating to the futuristic utopia world and returning to the preserve where other natives live without technology. While fascinated by the technology of the seeming utopia, the Savage discovers several issues that cause him to reconsider what is lost in the fervor of technology purely devised for the pursuit of happiness.

1984 written by George Orwell and  published in 1949, centers around the dystopia of the world where Big Brother controls and alters all records to suit its ends. Winston works to rebel against Big Brother but lacks the necessary proof to denounce the government. Winston works in the Ministry of Truth where he writes propaganda in favor of the government. One of the key factors of the novel involves a concept called “Newspeak” where the government controls publication of all materials, including new dictionaries. “Newspeak” attempts to lower the vocabulary by altering all text and printed materials in an attempt to eliminate the possibility of “thought crime” where government dissidents cannot conceive of going against Big Brother because there are no words to express rebellion in. There is unique attention paid to language degradation and governmental control and surveillance.

Let me know if you need more. Take care, and be well.

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About neilfriberg

I am an English Education major at WIU. I graduated from Augustana College in 2011 with my B.A. in English. I do a lot of theatrical work with the Genesius Guild, and I have acted over 50 shows in total since I was in 8th grade. I hope to graduate with my teaching certificate in the fall of 2013. Also, I have a novel in the works; It's just taking a long time to compile and refine everything to how I would like it to be.
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