The Global Panic of 2014 Remembered: Wired Looks at Our Slow Descent Into DystopiaPosted: December 31, 2014 | |
Devon Maloney writes: This year was, to put it as gently as possible, the devil’s playground. Oh sure, every year has its horrors and there are far worse annums behind us (the Crusades, anyone?), but 2014 proved to be a year in which long-festering social, environmental, and political problems were exposed in ways we have not seen in a very long time.
Thank social media, or globalization, or perhaps the recent explosion of hyper-accessible dystopian entertainment (though that is something of a chicken/egg scenario), but no single year in recent memory has so closely resembled the exaggerated conditions employed as metaphorical warnings in dystopian sci-fi. In fact, a lot of dystopian fiction we saw this year is at the very least on par with everyday realities, if not tame by comparison.
Around the world, instances of palpable, immediate environmental catastrophe and brazen, systematic oppression proliferated at a terrifying rate, which underscores a position we and others have taken of late: With such nightmares growing more real each day, where does dystopian fiction end and reality begin?
2014 was pure, hot “garbage,” but let’s assess just which parts of it are scariest in terms of bleak satire coming to life, if only to ask if there is even a point to the fiction if the warnings it offers come too late to save us. If so, where can it go next? Here’s a look at 20 of the more dystopian things that happened in 2014—in both fiction and real life—and just how foreboding they really were…(read more)
- Jihadists call for revenge after release of CIA torture report (yalibnan.com)
- Miley Cyrus Really Wants to Show You Her Nipples on Instagram (stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com)
- Twitter Stalking: Some #BlackLivesMatter History & Social Media Psycho’s. (socialaction2014.wordpress.com)
- Isis: British jihadi and Canadian brothers ‘killed fighting for Islamic State’ in Syria (ibtimes.co.uk)
- To keep or ditch the comments? (cjr.org)
- A Paleo Chef Has Been Accused of Deleting Anti-Paleo Facebook Posts (grubstreet.com)
- Michelle Mone takes to Twitter to congratulate ex-husband on his engagement to her former Ultimo designer (dailyrecord.co.uk)