Most likely you have seen or read at least one dystopian tale in your life: Maybe you love The Handmaid’s Tale, or read about giant robot spiders in The Maze Runner, or worship the fabulous Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. No matter what book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen, you probably noticed some parallels to real life. Do you think there’s a reason we’re seeing an uptick in dystopian stories?
Let’s be real: Political oppression isn’t just fiction. It is a part of our lives. Around the world, people face severe consequences for speaking out against the government or voicing unpopular opinions. Grassroots movements have a history of being silenced. Many have faced extreme consequences under oppressive governments with laws that restrict freedom of expression.
Wondering how governments can become controlling and harmful? Venezuela was once the richest and most democratic country in South America. Now its economy has tanked and it’s run by a dictatorship that has left over 80% of the population in poverty, without food or medicine. See how a country goes from political success to regress in 7 minutes:
Feeling hopeless? Hold on a sec—because resistance is constantly evolving to fight against oppressive regimes. In Iran, many are persecuted by the government’s morality police, and they don’t have access to platforms like Facebook or Twitter to resist and organize. Necessity breeds creativity though, and the young generation of Iranians are working to win back their civil liberties. Here’s how phone apps are giving the power back to the people: