Saturday, September 05, 2015

Why Dystopia so Much?

So there is a lot of Dystopian sci-fi out there.  A ton!
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And I used to wonder why there was so much of this.  But now I think there are two big reasons why this is happening, most of it with connected with the Internet.  Not so much the Internet AS a problem.  But the Internet as a objective of communication, no that has no filter.  And for years, people only saw what was close by or the mass media chose to show.
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But now people see a lot, even if they aren't trying to.
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You can't see this shot of a Syrian child refugee and be unmoved.  It is heart breaking.  It is a signpost that the world is fucked up.  This kid didn't deserve to die like this.  Moreover, his death was driven by action and inaction of our government.  The US has chosen war.  Bush the Younger screwed the pooch in Iraq with a war that drove instability everywhere in the middle east.  Obama dithered for a long time and then went in "jets ablazing".  None of us went in food abalazing or help ablazing.
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And you know why this is even worse, EVEN WORSE.  This headline came out of the region today.  

Syria: Food Support is Reduced

Can you believe it (link)?  The World Food Bank has to reduce support by 200,000 people.  Now?  Are you fucking kidding?  Countries that refuse refugees can't pony up the funds to the World Food Bank.
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Migrants walking from Hungary back to Austria.

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