20 photos which prove dystopia is real, and we're living in it
When I think of a dystopian universe, what normally comes to mind is a world sort of like the one depicted in The Handmaid's Tale. I picture everything from a totalitarian state to human rights abuse and just complete misery.
But while these are the dystopias we are used to in the world of fiction, film, and TV dramas, the concept may be a little closer to home than we originally thought. Have you ever considered you might be living in a version of a dystopia?
Well, according to Mark Fisher, who was a British academic and cultural theorist, we already are living in a kind of dystopia. He terms it a "boring dystopia". Fisher coined the term in 2015 and it refers to the idea of the subliminal coercion that occurs in a capitalist society. It's pretty subtle but it definitely exists.
So, without further ado, here are some of the most alarming signs we are living in a "boring dystopia".
1. The ultimate way of advertising to millennials in 2018
Real deep, Timberland, real deep.
2. Smile or else you don't get to leave
Big Brother is watching you...
3. Ain't nothing more natural than plastic
What would our world be without plastic?! Oh, wait...
By the way, have you seen this appalling video of a fisherman finding pieces of plastic in a fish's stomach? But it's au naturel everybody.
4. Because as we all know, they will disappear in our lifetime
It's, like, an inevitability...
5. In what world does a depressed person's suicide note get turned into a t-shirt. Oh, wait...
So apparently profiting from someone's death through fashion is a thing...
6. You know you're f*cked when you're out of plasma purely because you can't afford your rent
Then again, I'd have thought being all out of plasma would mean you'd have no more problems to solve...
7. Is it bad that this made me chuckle before I realized just how sad it really is?
It's a sign of the times...
8. Damn those pilots and flight attendants. Working hard to fly us all over the world
In light of this news, I won't be flying ever again. When I travel by plane, I like my pilots and flight attendants to be paid as little as possible.
9. Did you know the Afghanistan war has been going on for so long that those born after 9/11 can now enlist?
Yep, we've been at war for 17 years. But apparently, that's just about long enough for it to be considered old news.
10. "Books are for display purposes only"
This is the most 2018 sentence I've ever heard. Who the f*ck reads nowadays, am I right?
11. Apparently, we also live in a world where kids are lured into jail
You'd think the Chicago Police had more productive things to do with their time...
12. That little blue check doesn't just exist on Twitter, it follows you wherever you go...
I guess we don't live in a free world after all. Well, not if you're an average Joe anyway.
13. How very unreasonable... I wanted my Quarter pounder with cheese at precisely 1:18 pm
I hope their three minutes of slacking was worth losing me as a customer. You can only test the limits of my loyalty so far.
14. I mean, this is the actual epitome of freedom
And if you look very closely, you can actually detect a slight difference between the first shade and the second one. Freedom can be subtle sometimes.
15. This was bound to happen eventually...
I was about 11 when YouTube became big and even I sometimes use this as an alternative to "goodbye".
16. Whaaaat? 80 people agreed to have a microchip inserted into their hands?
And they... love it? I'd quite like to know if the word "love" came out any of their mouths...
17. I guess this could also signify hope...
...but let's face it, none of us are here for the optimistic perspective.
18. Because this makes total sense
Jesus, what kind of world do we live in?
19. The irony is simply disgusting
I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.
20. And in other disgustingly ironic news...
I'll tell you where you can shove your little gun show stickers...
So there we have it, we are basically living in a Dystopia. A subtle dystopia but a dystopia nonetheless.