Apr 10, 2008

paranoia will destroy ya

Four months of almost nothing but dystopian fiction. That's about 32 novels, each with their own take on a perfect society harboring a fatal flaw. I've waded through bloody dictatorships, brutal authoritarianism, drugged out masses, information hoarders. I've wallowed in stories about corporate control, religious rule, all-for-one fascism, medical manipulation for the good of society. Big Brother's heart beats on every page - children turn in their parents, husbands their wives, teachers their students.

So, how is it affecting me? Well, my friends say I'm a little more paranoid. Rather, when I point out something that sounds perfectly logical to me (for instance, the fact that a largely unemployed populace of young adults makes for a very good pool of soldiers in ongoing wars, when I suspect some of our leaders may have in mind), they've taken to saying things like, "Still reading dystopias, huh?"

I think this literary diet is making the dystopian elements of our own society jump out at me. My friends, although a paranoid and anti-authoritarian bunch in general, think it's making see ghosts that are only dust mites. I suspect it's six of one and a half dozen of the other.


white rabbit said...

Remember the old hippie saying...

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.


downtown guy said...

Exactly. No reason my friends and I can't both be right.

Scott said...

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait... you're saying that you think people in the government are intentionally trying to keep unemployment high so that a lot of people will be tempted to join the military when upcoming wars arise?

Wow, you really are paranoid.

downtown guy said...

No, I'm saying that a lack of working class jobs is a boon for governments that want a "volunteer" army to fight endless and fairly pointless wars. What they are or are not doing on the matter is up for speculation.