Why dystopia and not dat-topia?

Published August 19, 2013 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

According to the good people at the Wikipedia (why yes, I am indeed, adding a largely unexpected article. I’m aware.)

dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia. Such societies appear in many works of fiction, particularly in stories set in a speculative future. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization,[1] totalitarian governments, environmental disaster,[2] or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Elements of dystopias may vary from environmental to political and social issues. Dystopian societies have culminated in a broad series of sub-genres of fiction and are often used to raise real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, religion, psychology, spirituality, or technology that may become present in the future. For this reason, dystopias have taken the form of a multitude of speculations, such as pollutionpovertysocietal collapse,political repression, or totalitarianism

I am amazed by the number of Dystopian (I would prefer Dystopic, because then it sounds like something that can be cured with a seltzer drink and a good, hearty burp.) works of literature, movies, weird-ass fan fiction, etc that is based on the topic of Dystopian societies.  I am actually agog at the number. I am even more agog at the mass amnesia that seems to happen when some sort of Zombie virus, giant dome, super flu, giant peasant uprising  or mysterious sea monster stampede (I hope, I hope, I hope!)  I wonder why no one seems to remember one of the first rules of  Extreme World Episode; (or EWE, kind of cute if you look at it one way and icky if mispronounced. Try it, it might catch on.  Remember, you read it here first, and please, pass the info about  me and my web page on to anyone who may quote you later-www.ellesview.com) Don’t act like a jerk because if it turns out to be a false alarm (or FEWE) all anyone will remember is that you were a huge jerk.  If it is true, at least you won’t have had a big, headache inducing, blood pressure spikes. The non-jerk option will serve you well when you need water or food, or even more important, a change of underwear.  Which brings us back to the FIRST rule of EWE, go to the bathroom first, do your business, wash your hands and maybe brush your teeth. If you will need to flee for your life soon, you will be grateful that you took those few minutes for the alone time.

For some reason, I’m the only one who has thought to mention it.  I think the villains and anti-heroes of the various movies, etc, would be more pleasant or at least less snarky if they had a potty break prior to the collapse of society.

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