Anytown, USA - Following the blueprint of several dozen cautionary tales wrote in the early and mid-twentieth century, America has officially become a sci-fi cautionary tale of the kind that used to be called "dystopic".
This was discovered by an American Literature undergrad who was looking for a topic for his Master's thesis, and came across this alarming fact by accident. He had simply been exploring the possibility of yet another boring interpretation of American dystopic and apocalyptic science fiction.
However, he soon came across several common themes, which disturbed him when compared to current headlines and his own life experiences.
"I was reading such classics as Orwell's '1984' and such, when it occurred to me that I couldn't quite understand what the big fuss was. Here I'd heard that it was to be horrible prophecy of the future, but it didn't seem all that out of the ordinary.", said Ron Jackson in an interview.
Ron was refering to the fact that most everything in 1984 except for sexual repression has already been the norm here for sometime. And that no one actually cares.
"We live in a country where we have to carry ID to travel by car, bus, train or plane, where our movements are monitored, our vehicles tracked, our conversations wiretapped, and our work and spending rigorously monitored.", Ron said. "Whether adding a patio to our house, transferring funds to charities, changing jobs, or flying on vacation, the government must and will know all about it."
Ron also pointed out that not only did earlier sci-fi warn that America would be "sovietized" by having such things, but that if we weren't careful, we'd become a police state where people could be arrested and held without trial, held in detention facilities indefinitely, tortured and killed. This apparently used to be a worry, at least amongst those sci-fi writers.
Ron wonders why what used to be worried and wrote about, now seems to be accepted as needful and good. "We live in a culture in which the masses are allowed all manner of hedonistic pleasures, a' la' 'Brave New World' and 'Fahrenheit 451', but have no more freedom of thought and action then those drones did. Homosexuality, casual sex, perversity and drug use of all kinds is winked at, but let any speak a line outside of the conservative/liberal mainstream, and wham, they're branded as kooks, and quickly ostracized and isolated.", said Ron. "How'd that come about without us noticing?"
Ron notes that we live in a virtual one party state where the "two" parties are little more than a choice as to what you are robbed for, warfare or welfare, with increasingly little distinction made. "Fascism or socialism is our choice of flavors nowadays, but there seems little distinction. Ever more massive spending for foreign occupations and domestic programs is the case whether it's Bush or Obama.", Ron said.
"George Orwell predicted endless war, and regardless as to who's in power we seem to have had that for some decades.", Ron pointed out. "Meanwhile, Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury pointed out that the public would be drugged and media-brainwashed into not caring. Access to mood altering medicines and wall TVs used to be predictions of dystopia. Now Vicodin and Flat screens are standard."
Ron was unavailable for further comments, as my editor has told me that this is a story without merit, and Ron is just a kook who is unlikely to secure approval from his University for further research. Such funding is needed for more pressing government studies.