According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Dystopia is defined as the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control methods and various forms of active and passive intimidation. Works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans neglecting technology and humans individually and collectively trying to manage or not being able to properly manage with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than anything else. One story that clearly demonstrates this theme of a dystopian society is "Harrison Bergeron", and a form of media that can be compared with it is, the 2005 film V for Vendetta. Both
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He even says, "...there should be the execution of those who are different...”. He was explaining that if everyone was equal and thought the same way there would not be any wars or any crisis. And as a result, his spies go into the homes of individuals who they believe are ‘not normal’ and send them to a prison and perform medical experiments on them. Within the film, we see that forms of media such as newspapers and television were shown as tools to control the citizens and make them believe what the Chancellor wanted them to believe. We can relate to this as viewers because if this were to happen in our society, we would be brainwashed as well, and Malcolm X was quoted saying “If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing”. All of the citizens in both stories agree with their government because of fear of punishment and because of the influence of someone who has lost all sense of integrity and moral code.
In V for Vendetta the citizens follow their leader, Adam Sulter because they have been told over and over again that they should all follow only one set of rules and have coherent thoughts, and over time the citizens’ minds have been corrupted and the government used fear to ensure their cooperation. In "Harrison Bergeron", Mr. and Mrs. Bergeron strongly agree with what the Handicapper