Are Dystopian Elements Closer Than We Think?
Dystopian literature has been popular in Western culture since the early 20th century. It’s prevalence cannot be denied; books like “Brave New World” and “1984” have been studied and read all around the world, and though they were written nearly a century ago, their themes still apply to today’s society. One such theme is the evolution of language and the written word. In the novel “1984,” language is continually being destroyed, and the general population condones this action. Some characters even speak to the beauty of the destruction of words. In the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, thousands are employed in re-writing every publication, making them agree with the current political view. This disregard of language is somewhat frightening, but as some critics today see it, we are not far from this state in today’s society. In articles such as “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” critics say that the readily available information we have today is decreasing our respect and ability to understand classic written word. In addition, we praise this “revolution” of language and information. Do you agree with these critics? Disagree?