The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air
May 5, 2014 12:12 AM Subscribe
What are some subtle or lesser-known examples of current-day real-world USA being a dystopia?
posted by divabat to Society & Culture (52 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working on a video that depicts current-day USA as a dystopia, using clips of news and current affairs from the last 10 years or so (prioritizing more recent issues) and then closing it off with clips of activists and changemakers looking to make a difference in these issues.
I've got a stack of the big international news-y ones, but I'm looking for things that are a little more subtle: you wouldn't necessarily peg it as dystopic until you see it in conjunction to something else, or you think about its Unfortunate Implications further. I'm also keen on news stories that aren't as popular or well-known and could use more attention.
For example, currently I have a clip of Amazon Prime Air, mostly for its connection to drones. I'm also thinking of incorporating something about racist Halloween costumes and/or Photoshop being used to influence body image issues. I was also reminded of a massacre at a gurdwara (Sikh temple) a few years back and am sure there are similar news stories that I hadn't known about. Or maybe there is a TV show with a really questionable premise.
What I am trying to stay away from is stuff that connotes "kids these days" or "sex is bad" or "tech is bad". I recognise that YMMV with this, so I'm open to ideas. Also there is already a soundtrack to this and I want no additional audio, so it needs to be something I can convey primarlly visually (I will be attaching a quick guide to the clips once I'm done).
If it helps, I'm working off a version of the Star-Spangled Banner and have "the rocket's red glare" through "land of the free" mostly covered, but that could change.
So far (though this is subject to change):
I HAVE: Fracking, drones (Prime Air/military/bombing), Boston Marathon, polar vortex, Hurricane Sandy/Katrina, Detroit, LGBT homeless youth, teen suicide, students being arrested in school, kids being interrogated/charged as adults, boot camps for troubled teens, trans women in men's jails, prison in general, elderly lifers in jail
I'M STILL WORKING ON: NSA/surveillance/spying, Gov shutdown, abortion clinic attacks, rape culture/slut-shaming, attacks on protestors (Occupy, UC Davis pepper spray), forced sterilization of female prisoners, foreclosure, BART/public transport strikes, something to do with censorship or curtailment of freedom of speech, racist graffiti, something to do with Islamophobia, school shootings (Sandy Hook/Virginia Tech), the kid who got suspended for a science experiment, Keystone XL/Tar Sands