modern tech dystopia fiction bothers me because it acts as if humanity is slapping itself silly for no reason, as if a very tiny group of people isn't becoming obscenely wealthy from invading our privacy and micromanaging our lives
The Wealthy Elite: *repeatedly smacking the rest of humanity in the face with its own hand* Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?
@dankwraith I agree. Any sort of dystopian fiction that doesn't address capitalism just starts feeling a bit religiously anti-human to me. Like it dwells on the bad stuff, because on some level it's presenting people as inherently bad. I feel that sets people up to accept oppression, not question it.
@dankwraith Every single book is gonna have some bullshit or mistakes in it, scifi included. But the responsibility of scifi to at least try to get it right seems more profound. It's suggesting to people what to dream of.
If it doesn't at least allude honestly to what makes our world shitty now, then it's a pretty thin dream, verging on dangerous delusion.
Please give more examples of how "modern tech dystopia fiction... acts as if humanity is slapping itself silly for no reason, as if a very tiny group of people isn't becoming obscenely wealthy from invading our privacy and micromanaging our lives"
Blade Runner 2049
Ghost in the Shell
Total Recall 2070
I'm testing this hypothesis by reading The Ship by Antonia Honeywell and I hate it so far. So thanks for that.
God this is such a bad book. The problem with this book isn't its politics (which are very bad): it's anthrocentric. It imagines humanity surviving the sterilization of Earth. Anyway, it's a book about a bunch of people on a big boat and I am so desperate for them to sink.
It's not as bad as World War Z so at least there's that.
@dankwraith Man do I ever have several full blown rants on this. It pisses me off so much when scifi creators goes science = bad and/or technology = bad. No, neither of those are inherently bad, the problem is capitalism.
And I better cut off here before I fly into one of those full blown rants, because it's way too early and I haven't had enough coffee yet.
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