Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Orwellian Connections


Part A: To supplement our reading of 1984, we have discussed the qualities of both utopian and dystopian societies. Visit the two links below. Make sure to view the video segment regarding Denmark. Post your responses here. What utopian qualities are found in Dubai? How about Denmark? Are they realistic? Close to actual utopias? Explain.

The World: Dubai

Denmark: The Happiest Place on Earth


Part B: Click here. View the document. Construct a thesis statement connecting the content of this article to 1984.

Part C: Click the links below to explore the images of North Korea on "The Big Picture". Peruse the photographs and read all of the captions. After viewing each image on all of the links, choose 3 that you feel echo 1984. Construct 3 separate theses that identify and articulate between image and text.

Recent Scenes from North Korea
Peering Into North Korea
A North Korean Anniversary and Debut
Tension in the Koreas

39 comments:

Jessica said...

Part A: What utopian qualities are found in Dubai? How about Denmark? Are they realistic? Close to actual utopias? Explain.
In Dubai there are numerous qualities which would make it considered a utopia. The fact that it is a tropical place surrounded by only islands makes it a place that anyone would be more than happy to travel to or live in. The communities have self-contained commercial offerings that meet the needs of the residents and each island has a private beach for its people. Dubai focuses on perfection rather than happiness which is completely unrealistic because no place or person in the world can achieve perfection, no matter how hard they try. In order to live in Dubai, one has to have a lot of money in order to pay for the boats and transportation from island to island, making a place for mostly wealthy people. I think that Dubai would be closest to an actual utopia because it incorporates wealth, beauty and relaxation when a person visits any one of the islands and is attractive to anyone looking to vacation somewhere.
In Denmark the qualities that make it utopian are completely different than the qualities of Dubai. The people in Denmark are happy because they have little to worry about financially. They pay high taxes, but education and health care are taken care of by the taxes that they pay. Not only that, but there is a belief that “no person is better than another” which makes it so people can pursue their dreams with no uncertainty about the money that they will make. Also, they have material things but focus more on their social lives and spending time with friends and family. Most people who live there can afford to get a luxury car but instead would rather ride bicycles to get from place to place. The qualities of Denmark are somewhat realistic because there are people who focus on their relationships with other people, but society and media makes it seem that money should be everyone’s ultimate goal, taking the attention off of social relationships. Today, people would do anything for money, including betraying and lying to their peers and “friends.”

Part B: Construct a thesis statement connecting the content of this article to 1984.
Both 1984 and Tech That Reads Your Mind explain the lack of control that today’s society has over their thoughts and emotions due to the government or technology.

Part C: Peruse the photographs and read all of the captions. After viewing each image on all of the links, choose 3 that you feel echo 1984. Construct 3 separate theses that identify and articulate between image and text.

• 9. A female North Korean soldier peers out from behind a tree as she patrols the border fence along the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Qing Cheng, near the Chinese border city of Dandong September 12, 2008.
o The soldiers in North Korea are similar to the Party Members in George Orwell’s 1984 because they are always on the look-out for an intruder or rebel disobeying the laws and rules of the government.
• 14. A North Korean woman washes clothes in front of houses along the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Qing Cheng, September 12, 2008.
o Both the proles of 1984 and poor women of North Korea are less fortunate than the Party Members or North Korean Soldiers and resort to simpler ways of doing daily chores such as washing clothes.
• 21. North Korean soldiers parade through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008.
o The devotion of the North Korean soldiers is evident through their nationalism and pride in serving their country which parallels to the Party Members’ pride in serving Big Brother; both would do anything to make their government proud.

alison said...

Alison Lynch

Part A:

A utopia is defined as: ideally perfect state; especially in its social and political and moral aspects. Some Utopian qualities found in Dubai’s “The World” are its completely modernized design, its mix of sand, sea and sky, its tropical paradise weather, its variety of communities to meet the needs of residents, its exceptional array of retail venues including boutiques and restaurants, and its unique set-up where its choices are limitless found no where else in the world. While Denmark is “cold, dreary and unspectacular” it is defined as the happiest place on Earth, and it’s utopian qualities include the government covering all health care and education, and spending more on children and the elderly than any country in the world per capita, along with people not chose careers based on income or status. Also 92% of Danes belong to a social club of some kind, and the government will pay for this club. Danes also put less emphasis on "stuff," and a strong social fabric, and therefore are able to have an incredibly high level of trust in each other, and their government. Lastly bicycles are he best symbol of Danish happiness and utopian qualities because all Danes can afford cars, but they choose bikes, a much simpler less flashy way of life. Both Dubai and Denmark show remarkable utopian characteristics but neither is completely plausible because the idea in Dubai is very vacation styled rather than real life and life how it is in Denmark is not desirable for all people. Since no real “utopias” do exist the argument could be made that these rival what a utopian society could be, but who wants to pay $25,000 a night, or 50-70% of their income in taxes when most people are content in their daily lives how they are.

Part B:

The world in which Orwell created in his novel 1984 is, in some aspects, becoming a reality due to modern day scientific advances; like the novel we can now “read minds” based on brain maps, similar to what the telescreen is able to do in 1984.

Part C:

Recent Scenes From North Korea:
Image 16- Korea, like Oceania, follows the same pattern of society as a whole and seems to frown upon any form of individualism.

Image 24- This Korean’s short-lived smile encapsulates the lack of expressive emotion found in both North Korea and Oceania’s respective societies.

Peering Into North Korea:
Image 34- The words reading “If (our) party decides, we will do it!” in a North Korean field reflect the same views as the Oceanians toward their Party, if the Party deems it so, it must be true.

Kerryn Camara said...

"Utopia" was described as an island paradise, a place where politics and law were perfected and everyone was happy, in by Sir Thomas More. The creation of one's own island, creating one's own ideal place to live, would seem to conform to the surface idea of More's description. However, Denmark seems to have a more realistic utopian society; people are happy there and they have little to complain about. The Danish political system works efficiently and for the people. Class ratings have almost been abolished, making everyone practically equal. A true utopian society is an unrealistic fantasy, but Denmark comes close. Dubai, however, does not come as close. Who can afford that utopia? It would become a society of the "elite," those who could afford such luxury but they would be competeing with each other. THe goal of the society there is to maximize profits not happiness.

Kerryn Camara said...

Similar to North Korea's Pyongyang, George Orwell's Oceania is controlled by a government much like that of an overbearing parent; curfews are strictly enforced and "lights out!" is nonnegotiable, even on weekends.

The Party members of Oceania, the members of the Brotherhood, and the soldiers in the North Korean army work similarly in that they operate among the people while simultaneously keeping their operations secret from them.

Pictures of the late North Korean leader, Kim Il-sung, adorn buildings, servings as reminders to the people of the power of thier government, just as the posters of Big Brother are plastered across Oceania.

Becca said...

PART A: The World is exclusive and caters to the needs of the people. It is categorized by densities so every person there is satisfied. It is portrayed as a luxurious paradise with sun shine all year round and crystal clear water. The World claims to be the place where the economy is so great, it sets an example for the world to follow. In Denmark, the government is very protective and covers all health care and education. Denmark’s government spends more on children and the elderly than any other country, making its citizens feel very secure. Because Denmark’s taxes are so high, almost every career earns the same amount, creating a judgment-free place and also a place where people can do what they actually want to do, and not do something strictly for the money. Danes show a huge amount of trust in one another, as well as the government, and they show a lack of interest in superficial things, such as shopping. All Danes can afford cars, but they choose bikes resulting in a status-free, healthier community.
The World is a typical utopia, by looks. How the place looks and feels does not mean the people there are the happiest, and it does not mean it is a utopia. The World is an expensive place to visit or live; so many wealthy people may consider it a perfect place, but those middle to lower class citizens may disagree. A utopia is a place where everyone can be happy, and The World does not guarantee that everyone is happy. Denmark is closer to an actual utopia, not by looks, but by the people there. Every citizen is generally happy with their life, and not many places can say that. A utopia should be a place where the people can do whatever they choose, in order to make them happy, and that place is Denmark.
The World is a stereotypical, superficial utopia, while Denmark is a real-life, realistic utopia.
PART B: The news article preludes to a world with no privacy, where not even one’s thoughts can be concealed, similar to the controlled, ever-watching, Oceanian society in George Orwell’s 1984.
PART C:
Recent Scenes from North Korea: Picture #18
This image shows the ever-present face of North Korea’s “Great Leader”, comparable to the Big Brother posters plastered throughout Oceania in Orwell’s 1984, creating the sensation that one is always being watched.

Recent Scenes from North Korea: Picture #19
North Korean citizens and soldiers prepare for the 60th anniversary of North Korea’s founding, similar to that of the mass preparations made by the Party members for Hate Week in Orwell’s 1984.

Peering into North Korea: Picture #34
The image displaying the North Korean saying, “If our party decides it, we will do it”, illustrates the societies pride and devotion to its party, echoing the enthusiastic loyalty to Oceania’s Party, in Orwell’s 1984, by their constant repetition of the Party slogans.

Jeff Kitchen said...

Part B

Orwell predicts a world in which the social concept of justice is wrought upon the individual to an oppressive extent; technological advantages in the modern world, such as "mind reading" through brain scans, bring such Orweillian possibilities closer to reality.

PART C

peering into North Korea 13
The children in this photo throw rocks at a passing boat on the Chinese border just as the children in Orwell's 1984 are led to shoot slingshot at potential spies; in such an all encompassing governmental system, children play a large role in absorbing the new philosophies of the regime.

recent scenes from North Korea 30
As shown by the community hikes in Orwell's 1984 and the Mass Games in North Korea, socialist regimes use group activities suppress individualism in an incognito fashion.

a North Korean anniversary 16
Both North Korea and Oceania divide their societies into separately privileged classes; these classes socially redefine economic inequality by creating separate culturally accepted classes.

Anonymous said...

Brianna Valeri


Part A:

A utopia is a perfect state of bliss, mainly pertaining to political and social aspects of the society and economy. There were many utopian qualities found in Dubai’s “The World.” The design of Dubai is entirely modernized. The land is somewhat like paradise with a great amount of sand and sea. The weather there is tropical as well. Dubai’s communities vary as well. To meet the needs of the occupants, there is a selection of communities to choose from along with an outstanding amount of retail venues including boutiques and restaurants. The set up of all of these lovely social areas are designed in such ways, that aren’t seen anywhere else, making this a utopian styled area. On the other hand, Denmark is dreary, cold and doesn’t seem like the best place to be, (especially compared to Dubai). According to some statistics, it is in fact defined as the happiest place on Earth. The utopian qualities found in Denmark consist of mainly the government spending. Government in Denmark spends more money on children and education than any other country in the world! Also, the government covers the cost of all the health care! This utopian quality is such a stress reliever to many residents there, making their life much easier. Also, to make life even a little more relaxing, people do not choose their careers based on neither the income it gets nor the status of their career. Therefore, residents are able to be social with whomever because everyone is therefore, in a sense, equal. Residents also do not stress as much over material things and therefore are able to enjoy more of the smaller things in life and focus more on their social life. For example, bicycles are a common item to own. This one small accessory to most Danes’ lives best symbolizes their pure happiness. Although very different, Dubai and Denmark have a plethora of utopian aspects describing their economy, government and overall living.

Part B:
Due to such drastic scientific and technological advances, Orwell’s “world” in his novel 1984 is somewhat becoming a reality, by giving us the ability to “read minds” which is very similar to what the telescreens and Thought Police have the ability to do in 1984.

Part C:

Recent Scenes from North Korea: #12
Much like the Ministries, North Korea has a similar strict government in the aspect of invading the citizens’ privacy through not only thought but mainly watching their every move.

#16
The view of North Korean’s city shows the similarities with Oceania in respects to the conformity and dreariness in the society.

A North Korean Anniversary: #16
Although North Korean’s leader is seen frequently in person, his face is also posted in multiple places, similarly like Big Brother in Orwell’s novel 1984, to remind the citizens of their authority and presence.

Anonymous said...

Chris Schatvet

A. The World in Dubai is a utopia for those who can afford it. The problem is getting that many rich people together may cause jealousy of some sort which may turn The World into a dystopia. The tropical paradise is a good start though. As for Denmark, the people are only content not truly at a state of perfection but rather a state of mediocrity. Therefore, Denmark is not a utopia either. Due to human nature I believe a Utopia is impossible.


B. “Tech that Reads Your Mind” is a step towards the type of thought police control someone can exert over you, like in George Orwell’s novel 1984.


C. “Peering into North Korea” Image 5 – Although the soldiers of North Korea fight both to defend their borders and subdue their people they still have a human element that is not found in 1984.
“Peering into North Korea” Image 20 – Much like Big Brother from 1984 Kim Sung is always looking over his people making sure they do not stray from the straight and narrow.
“Peering into North Korea” Image 33 – Unlike the warped world of Oceania, North Korea still allows children to be children.

Brendan C said...

A. These places of Dubai and Denmark are considered to be referred to as "utopias." A utopia is idealistically a perfect place where nothing can go wrong. The sight of Dubai's "The World" is an electrifying scene with its beauty and climate. This scenery may be an ideal utopia for a particular human but there are humans out there that would die to live in a country like Denmark. Denmark is a cold, dark place to be and it is rated as if not the most happiest place in the world. Denmark receives a lot of benefits from the government and their country's moral ethics and goals fit the standard of a happy nation. the people are happy and not bother positiveness and morally correct values create a society unlike many.

B. Similar to the Russian Nation, Orwell's novel takes place in a society that is controlled by a government that over powers its population through fear and digression.

C.

North Korea-
12. the two police observing and looking on watch out a window on a building relates to the thought police and the overpowering government in the novel.
18. the portrait in the picture shows the country's love for their leader similar to Big Brother in the novel.
24. The youth solider's are like the governments spy's in the book who are the children where the parents are afraid of their own children in the novel

Hannah Clark said...

Part A:
A utopian society is one that is one that is ideally perfect in social, political, and moral aspects. I would personally define Dubai and a utopia. It is the perfect island getaway. There is sun year round, and is a relaxing place to be. There is no “mayor” or governor of “The World,” so you wouldn’t have to worry about politics getting in the way. There is also a lot to do there such as shopping, relaxing, water sports, and many other activities. I think “The World” is as close as you will get to an actual utopia. Demark also displays utopian qualities. Everyone in Demark has happiness in his or her life. While they pay a lot of taxes, the money goes to take care of everyone in the country. Knowing that the government uses the tax money to take care of the countries citizens causes the people to have more trust in their government. Everyone is also friendly to each other. People will leave their bikes unlocked, and they know that people won’t steal them. Demark is pretty close to a utopia. It’s a seemingly perfect country, but every country has their issues, so we can’t say it is in fact a utopia.

Part B:
In George Orwell’s 1984, Orwell creates a world where thoughts are always able to be read, relating to the article, “Tech That Can Read Your Mind,” in the sense that people’s thoughts are now going to be known, a process called “thought identification,” because of technological advances.

Part C:
Recent Scenes from North Korea #18
-The image shows the face of North Korea’s leader, which is comparable to Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984, in the sense that both are always present, giving off the feeling that you are always being watched.

Peering into North Korea #20
-You can see the face of North Korea’s leader, Kim II-sung, on the front of a building, relating to Big Brother, because they are both always present on the front or side of buildings, making the citizens of both countries nervous to do wrong since they are continually being “watched.”

Peering into North Korea #34
-The words in the picture read, “If our party decides, we will do it!” which relates to the Party in Oceania, because they expect the citizens of the country to do exactly as they say, and not to argue or say no.

Anonymous said...

Tim Webberson
A.The best fitting definition for a utopia is an ideal place or state. Here in Dubai I believe there are several Utopian ideas. The place is a wonderful mix of sand, sea, beautiful marine life, and harmonious overall environment to live. One of their main principles is bespoke. In other words, it means to be the sun in your own universe. Here you can have your own type of paradise with so many different resorts, hotels, and unique places to stay. You are not limited to anything. Another principle is to dream. Here dreams are for everyone and nothing can stop you from doing what you want to do. There are no obstacles that cannot be overcome. Also, everyone in this society can be an innovator and create new things. You can take up residence in your soul and captivate the mind. Lastly, a centralized service system will be here for the needs of residents. It is available for everyone. Denmark is seen as one of the happiest places in the world; a clear indication of a present day utopia. They are rated with 9’s and 10’s in this category. Interestingly enough, these Danes pay the highest taxes in the world, up to 70%. How can a country paying this much taxes still be so happy or a utopia? It is easy; the government takes care of all health care and education costs. This is enough to make people content giving up that much money. This limits the peoples’ worries and allows them to live more carefree knowing that all these normal expenses for everyday things are taken care of. People now, in return, can be whatever they want for a career. Money is not a factor in job choice so having this freedom lets everyone be happy with their work and not feel tied down to do something they don’t want to do. I strongly believe that both these places are realistic examples of utopias. Both places allow for pure happiness and freedom to do what you want to do. There are no boundaries or limits in either place and everyone is free to make a good life for themselves. If I could picture a utopia, these two spots would be exactly what I envision.
B. As seen in 1984 and “Tech that Reads Your Mind” both societies display how with modern technology along with the fear imposing Thought Police, no thoughts are truly your own because all can be recognized no matter how hard you try to prevent this.
C.Photo 8: Recent Scenes from North Korea
Like in 1984, two North Korean soldiers watch for any threatening moves made in DMZ just like the Thought Police are on the look out for any signs of rebellion towards Big Brother.
Photo 20: Peering into North Korea
In North Korea, their leader hangs from a building for all to see and fear while Big Brother hangs from everywhere in the streets to watch over the Party members.
Photo 34: Peering into North Korea
The words in this field saying "If (our) party decides, we will do it!" demonstrates the same reasoning as the Party members in 1984 who have but no choice but to follow whatever Big Brother demands.

Anonymous said...

Kaylyn Dorsey

Part A:
A utopia is an ideal place or state with political and social perfection. “The World,” Dubai, is viewed as a utopia from what is seen on the video. Dubai is a utopia because of what is shown on the exterior, such as the modernized and state of the art buildings, the beautiful waters, and tropical climates; some would view it as a paradise. Dubai has been created to meet the needs of anyone who pursues to live their and it allows residents several venues which include the stores and restaurants. People are able to reconfigure their islands to any specifications they desire, making it seem like their own individual utopia. In Denmark, although it originally may seem like a dreary place to live, it actually has several benefits for its residents, making it a utopia. Denmark’s high taxes may be its only downfall, but because of these high taxes, education and health care are taken care of, leaving the residents practically carefree. Also, every job and person in Denmark is viewed as equal, no person is set to a higher standard than another and every one appears to be in the same social class. People in Denmark also have a high level of trust for each other and their government, so worries that we have every day are non existent for them. Their emphasis is put on social activities and enjoying each others company. Residents are not competing with each other for more materialistic items. Their lives are mostly on an even and stress-free plane. “The World,” Dubai, does not seem extremely realistic for any one who is interested. It seems to have been made for those who are extremely wealthy and can afford to flaunt their wealth by buying a lavishing lifestyle. Because of their wealth, more than likely their everyday lives are a competition based on wealth. Even though it appears to be a utopia and a paradise, when looking deeper it seems as if it would not be so perfect. Denmark is closer to being a realistic utopia because even though it does not seem perfect on the outside, the residents there are extremely happy and content with their lives and their government.

Part B:
George Orwell’s 1984, was once a farfetched science fiction novel, based on the idea that peoples thoughts could be read; however with todays scientific and neurological advances, 60 minutes, Tech that reads your mind, shows that George Orwell’s farfetched ideas are in fact becoming a reality.

Part C:
Recent Scenes from North Korea #12
Similar to George Orwell’s novel, 1984, Korea has a strict government that appears to watch and react to their citizens every move.

Peering into North Korea #34
North Korea’s image displaying the words, “If (our) party decides, we will do it,” is closely related to the citizens of Oceania who follow and obey their governments rules.

Recent scenes from North Korea #18
Similar to Oceania and their honor for Big Brother, North Korea shows their honor for their “great leader,” Kim II-Sung, with a flag displaying his face during a mass meeting of the country.

Anonymous said...

Part A: A utopian society is defined as an ideal community or society that possesses a visionary system of both political and social perfection. The “World” depicts an island paradise with the perfect mixture of sand, water, and air. The “World” caters to individuals to meet the needs of residents by creating a unique island layout with a modern and timeless design appealing to the elite wealthy. The “World” offers a full vacation home with sunshine year round, and a limitless amount of choices found nowhere else in the world, all characteristics of a modern utopian society. The “World” appears to be a utopian society by its looks, however, similar to the island of Fiji, its tropical sanctuary may be ranked particularly low for there is no guarantee of happiness. In a true utopian society, everyone is happy. This utopian society does not appear to be realistic or plausible, for the elite are the only social class that could actually afford such ostentatious living. However, Denmark, despite being “cold [and] dreary” appears to be a more plausible utopian society. In Denmark all citizens are happy with their lives and have very little to complain about which is by definition, a perfect society, something most places cannot claim. In Denmark people do not choose jobs based upon income or status, for the high tax rate establishes equality amongst all. People show no social or economic status and prefer to ride bikes in Denmark; real utopian societies have no social classes. Unlike the “World”, Denmark has a realistic utopian society that has the perfect blend of socialism and government.
Part B: Orwell preludes to a world in which privacy is unattainable; the technological advances in the modern world of neuroscience, such as mind reading, conceive the possibility of an Orwellian society becoming a reality.
Part C:
# 19: North Korean soldiers assemble for the celebration of North Korea’s 60th anniversary, similar to the citizens of George Orwell’s 1984 who assemble to participate in the Party’s Hate Week festivities.
# 2: In North Korea the face of Kim Jung II is plastered upon buildings similar to that of Big Brother, the face of the Party; both are adorned on buildings to serve as a constant reminder of the government’s power and permanent presence.
#1: The picture of North Korea’s mass games depicts a socialist society in which emphasis is placed upon group dynamics rather than individual prowess, similar to that of the community in 1984 in which individualistic freedom is condemned.

TORY CARLSON

Anonymous said...

A) A utopia is a place where everyone is generally happy and happiness if easy to come by. Both Dubai and Denmark have many Utopian characteristics and both could be considered utopias. Dubai is a wonderous place that is full of riches and beautiful climate. It has everything that you need for a great vacation or even to live there. It is a troipcal land but also has a little citylife. It has a wide array of resturaunts and shops. The only problem with Dubai is that it is very lavish and too expensive for most. Denmark on the other hand is in my opinion the perfect place to live. Everyone who lives in Denmark has healthcare and is guarenteed it. Also, the pay for jobs has a limited range which makes people go for jobs that they truly love. The life that they live is based off of hapiness which makes it perfect. Their government is 100% for the people so the majority of people are happy with government. I think Denmark is a more realistic utopia because it isn't too expensive to live there and has so many benefits.
B) The article gives insight on the fact that the future technology will allow reading of minds which would have certainly helped in the 1984 Oceanic society.
C)Image 2-(peering into North Korea) Similar to the government in Oceania, North Korea is always watching fellow citizens and people who they fear are against them.
Image 20-(peering into North Korea) The image of North Korea's ruler in this picutre is similar to the way Big Brother was portrayed in Oceanic society.
Image 22-(peering into North Korea) The way that North Korea is blocked off from the rest of the world, is very similar to the way the people of Oceania were secluded.
Connor O'Sullivan C Class

Anonymous said...

Part A:
-Dubai: The utopian qualities found in Dubai are that the islands are shaped into multiple private beaches, the modern feel with that the islands give, and that it overall seems like paradise. However, this does not seem realistics because it is hard to know that there is a utopia, even though this was close to an actual utopia.
-Denmark: The utopian qualities shown in this video are that Denmark is the happiest country in the world and that others do not judge one for their choice of career. For example, a descendant of a king is profiled; he could have easily not have to work but he chose to be a carpenter’s apprentice because that is what he likes to do. This does seem realistic because Denmark does exist and it is possible to be happy. This may not be close to what people think of when they hear of a utopia, however, Denmark fits in the opposite category.

Part B:
The 60 minutes article called “Tech that reads your mind” by CBS reflects the George Orwell’s 1984 because even though 1984 is fiction, the possibility of read others minds, like the Thought Police do, may actually come true.

Part C:
1) The photograph that pictures North Korean soldiers parading through Kim ll Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea reflects the ideas of conformity, unity, and loyalty to one’s country with George Orwell’s 1984. (21?)
2) A scene of two North Korean soldiers reflects George Orwell’s 1984 because of the soldiers over watching a scene taking place which can represent the telescreen in the novel. (12)
3) A women being photographed while taking water from the icy Yalu River in North Korea reflects George Orwell’s 1984 because she may think that this is the best that she is getting when actually the government could be providing her with better options like the Party makes the people of Oceania think that what they have is good.

-Vanessa Ferreira

Anonymous said...

PART A:
A utopia is described as an ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system. Known as the “ideal tourist destination”, Dubai is seen as paradise to many people. It seems as though Dubai has no issues or problems, which parallels a utopia. Everyone seems happy to be there at all times. The islands shaped into actual objects such as the world and a palm tree at to the fact that Dubai seems as though it is a fantasy, which adds to the fact that it could also be known as a Utopia.
Denmark is known as “the happiest place to live” with the
happiest people on Earth”. Its utopian values may shine through after realizing that the government covers all health care, and that they spend more on children and elderly than any other country in the world. Ninety-two percent of Danes belong to some kind of social club, which is similar to 1984 and their utopian society because every character in 1984 so far has belonged to some sort of group. Danes are also said to have an “amazing level of trust in each other and the government”.
Both Denmark and Dubai are relatively close to actual utopias. The fact that almost all people living in Denmark belong to some part of group and put a lot of trust in their government struck me as being the most closely related to a utopia.
PART B:
The news article parallels 1984’s Oceanian society by portraying a world with no privacy or individual needs,
PART C:
Recent Scenes from North Korea #12: Two soldiers peer into the south side of a village, similar to what how the Thought Police would watch from afar in 1984.
Recent Scenes from North Korea #19:
North Korean soldiers and citizens celebrate the founding of North Korea by doing activities together, similar to what would happen during Hate Week in 1984.
Tension in the Koreas #7
Destroyed houses that look completely similar to one another are looked at from a sky view; houses and neighborhood is 1984 also look the same because no one is allowed to be different.

Emily Hastings

Jill Wry said...

Part A: There are many utopian qualities found in Dubai; Dubai was created for the sole purpose of creating a modern-day utopia. Dubai can be considered a utopia because it is designed to enable the investors to essentially create their own world, exactly the way they want it. They are able to design the island on which they live; its uses, size, and configuration. The islands encompass the ideals of sand, sea, and sky as well as personal choice. The people are able to define their own lives and create their own personal utopia. The utopian qualities found in Denmark differ greatly from those that are evident in Dubai. Denmark’s utopian qualities stem from individual happiness achieved through following your passion without judgment. The happiness in Denmark is more about internal happiness than it is about happiness achieved through material things, location, or climate. I believe that the utopia found in Denmark is more realistic than that of Dubai because everyday people can achieve that happiness, as opposed to Dubai, in which only extremely wealthy people can take part. I think that Denmark is very close to a real utopia because it’s real people that are truly happy with their lives the way that they are, and that’s what a utopia is all about.
Part B: Advances in neuroscience are approaching the long sought after ability to read minds, therefore, making the establishment of a law enforcement agency like the thought police in Orwell’s 1984 possible, or maybe even imminent.
Part C: Recent Scenes from North Korea, Picture 1: In order to allow for the type of totalitarian control which they crave, the government in both North Korea and Oceania emphasize the importance of the country as a whole rather than individual prowess.
Recent Scenes from North Korea, Picture 16: Through regular public broadcasts, like patriot songs and speeches, the governments in North Korea and Oceania attempt to brainwash the citizens into blindly following the government leaders.
Peering Into North Korea, Picture 20: The North Korean and Oceanian governments use similar tactics of installing propaganda throughout the country to remind citizens of the authenticity of the statement “Big Brother is watching you”.

vittoriabravetti said...

A.
Some Utopian qualities found in Dubai’s “The World” is that is seems like paradise, has tropical weather, and the community seems happy. However, Denmark is the opposite. Denmark seems like dark, cold place to live in comparison to Dubai, but is still rated one of the happiest countries in the world. I think a utopian society is unrealistic because some people may not want to live in a place that seems like the perfect world and not everything can be in a perfect state.

B.
Much like the novel 1984, the new fMRI is a way to view one’s thoughts, in the novel Orwell creates thought police, like this we can read minds with “thought identification”.

C.
Recent scenes from North Korea

16. Korea, like Oceania has a dark and dreary look to the city.

18. The man symbolizes a proud leader, like Big Brother symbolizes the leader of Oceania.

21. The soldiers in the portrait are all the same, like in Oceania everyone is basically the same and does the same things.

Justin Iadarola said...

Part A: The World of Dubai is what one may call a perfect utopia. There is sun year round, beautiful beaches, areas to spend money, and plenty of activities and wildlife to keep one busy. The World takes what seems like everyone’s fantasies and makes them come true. Who wouldn’t want to spend every day of their life soaking up the sun and enjoying beautiful buildings everywhere? The people of Denmark may argue with this so called “utopia.” Being rated number one in the world for happiness, the people of Denmark must be doing something right. They have created a society where everyone is looked at the same way. Whether you are a garbage man or a doctor you make the same amount of money. Even a prince in Denmark gets his hands dirty being a carpenter’s apprentice. At first glance Denmark does not seem to fit the category of “utopia” since it is cold, dreary and not all that spectacular like The World of Dubai, but everyone there is happy. No one needs to look their bike up and buy expensive cars because what one man can buy so can your neighbor because everyone can afford that same items. Even with the highest taxes, 50- 70%, Denmark has the happiest people.
Part B: George Orwell’s novel 1984 contain ideas that only appear to be true in our fantasies, but due to recent scientific advancement, Orwell’s thought police and telescreens are coming to life and giving people the ability to read minds.
Part C: #16 North Korea’s nonexistent night life and frequent playing patriot songs is similar to Oceania’s night time policies and patriotism.
#18 North Korean news agencies distribute pictures of their “Great Leader” for everyone to worship just like Big Brother posters are scattered throughout Oceania.
#19 The soldiers and citizens of North Korea participate in the celebration for the 60th anniversary of the founding of North Korea by gathering in one town, just like the Party members of Oceania plan and execute Hate Week.

Paul S said...

Part A:

“The World” project in Dubai is attempting to create an all inclusive paradise. Purchasers of the islands can design their island to layout any way they choose. Everything a homeowner could want, even privacy, is located with “The World” leaving no reason to leave this always tropical paradise. However only the very rich can afford to buy an island and live in “The World” Meanwhile in Denmark, the climate is far from tropical but boasts the happiest people in the world. The Danes get free education and health care. No occupation is considered better than another since the salaries are relatively equal. However, the Danish pay an extremely high tax rate. Denmark is closer to being a utopia than Denmark because anyone can enjoy life in Denmark while only the immensely wealthy can afford to live in “The World”. Since Denmark is the “happiest” place on earth it is arguably the most desirable place to live.

Part B:

Orwell’s eerie prediction seems entirely possible now that humans are capable of “reading minds”, the only thing the thought police were incapable of.

Part C:

"Recent Scenes From North Korea" Image 18

Immense Posters of Big Brother clutter the walls of Oceania just like the gargantuan images of Kim-ll Sung.

"A North Korean Anniversary and Debut" Image 27

Like the young boy in the soldier’s uniform, children in 1984 are indoctrinated at an early age in the “Spies” to be perfect party members.

"Recent Scenes From North Korea"
Image 26

Party members are expected to spend their hours out of work in community centers preparing for large events such as Hate Week or the “Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Anonymous said...

Part a: Utopias are an imaged place or state of things in which everything is perfect. “The World” is paradise and basically Heaven on earth because it is perfected in every which way to bring ultimate happiness. I think that “The World” is not realistic and may lead to greed and jealousy. As for Denmark being the happiest place in the world, I think it is seen as being a utopia. I think that a utopia does not have to mean that it is the most beautiful or leisurely place, it should be a place where people are content and happy. Danes all of the same rights and may live peacefully without complaints, greed or jealousy.

Part b:
The thought-police in Orwell's 1984 becomes reality in modern day when advances in science lead to “teach that reads your mind.”

Part c:
A North Korean Anniversary and Debut
# 26
Supporters praise and applaud North Korean leader Kim Jong II as would the Party members of Oceania for Big Brother in 1984.

#27
Starting at a young age, North Korean's and Party members of 1984 are brainwashed and made to follow things they know very little about.

#19
Being taken over by a ruler, both North Korean's and Party members of 1984 lack in the rights of individuality and must abide to the strict rules on behavior and uniforms.

Courtney Williams

cassie iagatta said...

A: Dubai and Demark are two remarkable places with many utopian-like qualities. In Dubai, there is year-round sunshine, and never any destructive waves in the water. There are beautiful homes, plenty of 5-star hotels, and ultimate exclusivity. The islands themselves were man-made in perfection. Dubai however, is not a very realistic utopia. Dubai is an exclusive residence made for wealthy people who can afford to live there. Average middle-class families would not be living there. And then there is Denmark. Denmark is a happy place where nobody feels like anyone is better than anyone else. Because the taxes are so high, there are no separate classes. The trash men and bankers are all in the same social class. The people are also less superficial and don't need to buy fancy cars; they prefer to ride on more eco-friendly bikes. The habitants also feel more secure and trusting because the government pays for medical insurance and schooling. Denmark is more of a realistic utopia. Denmark is somewhere that anyone can go to live. It is not a fantasy kind of place where people go to vacation. It is where thousands of normal people live.

Anonymous said...

Kristin Murray

Part A:
Dubai has a warm climate with mostly clear skies throughout the year. Rainfall is not common, but does happen more so in the winter. As the second largest of the seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has recently made an effort to stand out while adding infrastructure to the island. It’s peaceful location and atmosphere helps its utopian reputation to be upheld.

Denmark seems to be a utopian society because most people are happy with their way of life. There is less emphasis on consumption and judgement on career choices, which makes Denmark almost the opposite of the United States. People are all treated and taxed the same way so there is no reason for jealousy and other feelings that can bring one down. In Denmark, citizens rely on the honor system, which is one more way how a utopian society does not need to be based on the weather or wealth.

I feel as though Dubai is a somewhat unrealistic place. Not everyone is going to live on a relaxing island and be completely satisfied with their life. Dubai is the opposite of Denmark. Dubai is a place to escape to, not a place that you could create in Boston or New York City.

Denmark is a more realistic location. Yes, the citizens are highly taxed, but look at what they receive in return. It seems almost fair that the government takes almost 70% of a worker’s paycheck. Each citizen’s healthcare is completely taken care of and education is free and top notch. The government also encourages social interaction, not to mention that they pay for many clubs to run.

For many, Dubai might possibly be close to an actual utopia. As a place to escape, Dubai can come across as a temporary get away from the troubles of life. Unlike Dubai, Denmark is not a place one would think to escape to. I suppose Denmark would only be considered a utopia for someone who has lived their whole life there because tourists don’t really benefit like the citizens do.

PART B:
In Orwell’s 1984, he predicted the ability to read one’s mind and a recent interview with neuroscientists confirm that his prediction was correct.

Part C:
Picture 22 first link- At important events, Big Brother is never visibly present like Kim Jong Il was not present at North Korea’s 60th anniversary parade.

Picture 37(second link): In 1984, Winston always must watch out for the thought police, just like the North Korean soldier must watch out for people who could harm her.

Picture 33(last link): After parting ways with a North Korean relative, a South Korean man cries because he is separated from a loved one due to the listlessness of (both countries) citizen’s to revolt.

cassie iagatta said...

B. Our present world is becoming more and more like Geoege Orwell's novel, 1984, in that scientists are discovering ways that machines can identify our very own thoughts, just like the Thought Police could in Orwell's novel could.

Mpotvin said...

Part A:

Both Dubai and Denmark show qualities found in a utopian society. Dubai's "The World" is described as the most perfect place to live. Everything is modernized and meets the needs of the residents. The idea that one can create their own island, and the beaches are tropical paradises have similar characteristics to that of a utopia. The community also had top notch restaurants and stores set up in a way that is different from every other place in the world. Dubai's "The World" is built to represent the perfect place to vacation or to live because of the relaxed and worry free society. In contrast to Dubai, Denmark is cold, wet and boring. Although Denmark has these characteristics it is known as the happiest place on Earth. Denmark has utopian qualities such as, government coverage on health care, and spending on children is greater than that of the elderly. Also, Danes do not choose their careers based on what will benefit them financially or give them a higher status but they choose them based on what they enjoy doing. For example, one man was a garbage man but he was not ashamed or ridiculed for his choice. He enjoyed it as well as the residents. Lastly many Danes chose bicycles instead of cars although they can afford them. Danes use bicycles so it is less flashy and it is a healthier way to live. Dubai and Denmark both have strong characteristics of a utopia but despite these similarities they are not considered utopias because they do not suit everyone's morals.

Part B:

Innovation in technology now allows scientists to read minds, much like the creation of the telescreen technology in Orwell's 1984.

Part C:

Tensions in the Koreas: Image 25
Korea shows the uprising against harsh government, protesting the war and demolition of their country, which is what Winston wishes the Proles of Oceania will do in 1984.

Recent scenes from North Korea: Image 11
Citizens of a totalitarian government are not allowed to have luxury items unless they are of higher power much like the societies of North Korea and 1984's Oceania.

Recent scenes from North Korea: Image 19
North Korea's preparation for their country's anniversary is similar to Oceania's Hate Week celebration for the party, in that they both are well organized and everyone is required to attend.

cassie iagatta said...

C. Recent Scenes from N. Korea #18- The huge portrait of North Korea's "Great Leader" during the country's celebration is parallel to 1984's huge posters of Big Brother who is also always seen by the citizens of Oceania.

Recent Scences from N.Korea #14- Thw woman washing her clothes in the river near the impoverished house resembles the proles in 1984, and more specifically the woman who sings while doing her laundry.


Peering into North Korea #2-
The scene in Korea parallels the novel 1984's idea that the people are always being watched and that nothing goes unseen.

Anonymous said...

Robert Southworth
English C

Part A.
Both Dubai’s “The World” and Denmark display characteristics that are thought of when we think of the perfect world. In Dubai, luxury is at the center of what makes its thought to be a utopia. However, utopia is defined as having a perfect social, political, and legal community. “The World” is nothing more than an area of vacation homes and resorts for the upper class who will take weekend retreats. There is no political or legal aspect whatsoever at “The World.” In Denmark, more utopian qualities are present but Denmark is still not a utopia. Regarded as the happiest place on Earth, Denmark’s citizens have a high approval of their social and political life. Denmark has more traits of a utopia, but this is not a perfect world and no utopias will ever exist.

Part B.
Recent scientific discoveries are leading to a future in which privacy will be eliminated, similar to the role of Orwell’s telescreens and Thought Police.

Part C.
(Peering into N.K. #7)
Living and working conditions of factory workers are still not at acceptable terms acorss the world, similar to the proles in Orwells 1984.

(Tension in the Koreas #25)
Most propaganda is meant to instill fear in the human mind, such as Orwell's Big Brother.

(Recent Scenes from N.K. #12)
In today's world, many of humans actions are monitored and watched over similar to the Thought Police and telescreens in Orwell's 1984.

Anonymous said...

A: A Utopian society is a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions. Considering that "The World" Dubai does not have any laws or government that is different from the U.S., that cannot be considered a Utopia in that sense. Although, it does seem like a paradise for those who have the ability to enter it. On the other hand, it is not a particularly spectacular for social interaction, so it could not be considered a Utopia by Merriam-Webster's standards.

Denmark does meet many of the standards for a Utopian society. It has an ideal (or as ideal as it could realistically be) economic system where the citizens relinquish 50-70% of their pay in exchange of being taken care of. The article is not specific as it pertains to the government. For a social environment, Denmark is a masterpiece of gratification. Everyone is nice to everyone else in mutuality. There is no concern of crime in public places; this refers to the place in the article that says that people leave their babies and bikes unattended. Also, nearly all Danes are in a social club; this allows for social contentedness.

-Justin Glass

Anonymous said...

B: Orwell's prediction of the future in his novel, "1984" depicts a government that may have the ability to read someone's mind; this idea is moving to the forefront of technology and neuroscience with brain scanning that can be used for "thought identification".

C: (North Korean Anniversary and Debut: 19) The expression of alertness and dedication on the faces of these young women exemplify the seemingly unwaivering loyalty of women to the party in Orwell's, "1984".

(Recent Scenes from North Korea: 18) Similarly to Big Brother in Orwell's, "1984" North Korean leader, "Kim II- Sung has large pictures of himself displayed for the people so that his image is "burned" in the back of their eyes as Winston describes in the novel.

(A North Korean Anniversary and Debut: 6) Much like the appropriate attire of the Outer Party in Orwell's, "1984", the standard colors for the uniforms of the North Korean soldiers are grey and red.

-Justin Glass

Anonymous said...

Part B: Due to severe technological advances, Orwells once thought fictional society has become a realistic matter in which we can “read minds” based soley on brain maps; Which in turn creates a sense of fear due to the abused power of higher individuals to create quite a dystopic society.

Part C:
Recent scenes from North Korea # 12: Similar to the Orwellian Concept that someone is always watching you, North Korea has adopted these methods and watches so called “demilitarized” zones throughout North Korea .
Recent scenes from North Korea # 19: North Korea displays through this picture the massive amount of conformity and boringness of the entire society; which is very similar to that of Orwells 1984.
Recent scenes from North Korea #18: The face of the dictatorship of North Korea is Kim-Il Sung, which is very much alike Orwells1984; The face of Orwells dystopic society is Big Brother

---Joey Wilkes

Anonymous said...

Sydney Colbert


Part A:
There are definitely some utopian qualities about Dubai. Dubai has many different islands that can keep people safe. There are ways of transportation and service hubs. There is a nice view of the water, from anywhere you are. There are seaside hotels and cafes. It seems like the perfect place to vacation, but even better, you live there. I think it’s a perfect example of a utopia. Denmark also has utopian qualities as well. Many people who live in Denmark say that their way of life is snug. They are comfortable with the way they live their lives. They don’t judge others on their income or what class they are. "A garbage man can live in a middle-class neighborhood and hold his head high." (Buettner) Everyone is equal in Denmark. That’s why they are so happy. They don’t have to live up to anything. They aren’t judged for what they accomplish. These two places are realistic because they show that the people who live there and grow up there are generally more happy than people who grow up in other places. I believe that if you have a society where people are happy, then it is a utopia. I feel it would be extremely difficult to have a place where all the citizens are happy but if it did ever happen then it would be considered a utopia.

Part B:

In 1984, George Orwell created a universe that was not ideal; this may become a reality due to modern day sciences which have allowed some people to “read minds,” which Big Brother could achieve.

Part C:

Recent Scenes from North Korea:
Image 1: This photo correlates with 1984 because Big Brother has eys that watch everywhere, in this photo, each part of the face has several eyes.

Image 16: Like 1984, the moods of this image and the book are similar because each encapsulates the fear of letting yourself be seen; the darkness hides fear.

Image 20: In 1984, George Orwell creates a character that puts constant fear into the society surrounded by him, in this photo, he is Big Brother, watching all the citizens.

Anonymous said...

I wrote the last comment but I accidentally hit send with out writing my name, sorry kefor by the way it's dan freedman class c

Anonymous said...

-Shawn Ferrini

Part A) In Dubai the feel of the utopian society is definitely present. Here you have the sunshine, the privacy, the crystal clear water, the beaches and the whole feel that you are in the perfect world. In Denmark the utopian scenery is not there but the lifestyle is. The lifestyle where you can trust your neighbor, ride a bike instead of driving a car, have no one worried about money and everyone economically equal, have everything paid for, and enjoy time with your fellow countrymen. The utopia created in Dubai I feel is a false one because all of the utopianness comes from the aesthetics of the place and I feel that if you actually resided there life would be more stressful because of the constant waves of tourism and the pressure to seem perfect. The utopian feel of Denmark, however, is more realistic because people don’t have to worry about many of the things, like education and healthcare, that our country has to deal with and even with high taxes they can still be happy. So I feel that Denmark is closer to the real utopia than is Dubai.

Part B) In the article from the “60 Minutes” segment Tech That Reads Your Mind, the reader sees the last piece in the chain that the party in Oceania in Orwell’s 1984 could not develop, the power to read the minds of the citizens, which shows that present day society is surpassing the expectations of what Orwell thought.

Part C) Recent Scenes from North Korea picture 18
North Korea, like Oceania uses large recreations of the visage of their “almighty ruler” to remind the citizens of who is in charge, that he always is present and watching, and to evoke nationalism within everyone.

Peering Into North Korea picture 13
The children of North Korea, much like those of Oceania, are among the most nationalistic and brainwashed as they openly show their hate towards outsiders through verbal abuse and violence.

A North Korean Anniversary and Debut picture 20
Much like the Oceanians and hate week, the Koreans put a lot of work and pride into celebrations of their countries successes and come out in full force to be a part of the ensuing spectacles and festivities.

Jaron C. said...

Part A:
Many utopian qualities are found in Dubai’s “The World”. “The World” is a man-made series of islands off the coast of Dubai in the shape of the continents. Essentially these islands are paradise and referred to as sanctuaries. One can purchase their own private island or go on a vacation at one of the resorts. The buildings are clean and modern. It seems as though nothing could ever go wrong there; everything is perfect. Denmark also has many utopian qualities; however, they greatly differ from those in Dubai. In Denmark, many of the citizens are happy because of their government. Although their taxes are extremely high (50-70% of their income), their tax money grants them free health care and free education. Also in Denmark, they have a belief known as “Jante-lov”, which means that no one person is better than anybody else. This idea does not seem to really exist in countries like America, for example. In Denmark, the job a person has does not have that much significance. Many of the jobs end up bringing in roughly the same income and people have respect for whatever your job is. In America, everyone looks towards the doctors and lawyers as being respectable, but in Denmark a garbage man is just as respectable. The qualities in these “utopian” societies and their practicality, to me, are very different. I think the qualities in Dubai are a little too fake, or unpractical. They are trying too hard at creating the perfect utopia when, in reality, a true utopia could probably never exist. To me, it seems like a nice vacation spot, but not everyone would enjoy living or even visiting there. Denmark, however, seems to be more on the practical and realistic side. The majority of people who live in Denmark are genuinely happy and live in a society that seems care-free. This society most likely contributes to their overall happiness. Because this state of happiness currently exists in Denmark, its utopian qualities are actually realistic unlike the paradise islands that make up “The World”. I would say that Denmark is as close as we will probably ever get to a true utopia based on its reality. “The World” seems too forced and unrealistic.

Part B:
Our society is growing ever closer to the computer’s ability of reading minds, which is comparable to the Oceanian society of limited privacy and the ability of the Thought Police in Orwell’s 1984.

Part C:
Peering into North Korea
Picture #7
The uniformity of the clothing worn by North Korean workers is similar to the clothing worn by workers in Orwell’s 1984.

Picture #20
The picture of the late Kim Il-sung hung on the side of a building in North Korea eerily mimics the pictures of Big Brother distributed throughout Oceania in Orwell’s 1984.

Picture #34
The Korean words in the deserted field mirror actions performed by citizens of Oceania in George Orwell’s 1984; anything that The Party demands, happens; anything a North Korean party decides, will be done.

Ashlie Sprague said...

Part A)
A utopia is a place of idea perfection especially in the laws, government, and social conditions. Many utopian qualities are found in Dubai. Dubai's The World ninics sicial perfection. The idea of The World is to create a community that has limited flaws. Denmark is also utopian in many ways. In Denmark the weather is dreary and gloomy and ironically the people are the happiest in the world. They are given everything they need so they have little to worry about.

Part B)
Much like 1984, neuroscientists have developed and are researching ways to read minds; this thought reading is just like the thought police mentioned in 1984.

Part C)
Recent Scenes from North Korea
Picture 18
This picture of Kim II-Sung can be compared to 1984's "Big Brother", they are both leaders who keep a close eye on their nations.

Peering into North Korea
Picture 18
A North Korean officer pointing towards the camera can be compared to Big Brother is watching you in 1984.

Tension in the Koreas
Picture 24
Similar to the phrase "Bif Brother is watching you" the sign rewading "Long love Great leader Kim II-Sung and his revolutionary ideaology!' demonstrates the power of both leaders.

Anonymous said...

A) Dubai has an open ended government with little rules and allows you to shape the land as you see fit and create your own utopia in a warmer climate.

The people in Denmark are very happy and content. They treat each other as equals and take care of one another. Essentially, the main utopian quality of Denmark is its self-sufficiency.

The two ideas are not very realistic as everyone will have limits placed on what they can do and the surrounding world will hold some sway over what they can and cannot do. No matter how happy they may become, there will always be at least one unhappy person. You cannot please everyone and a true utopia is impossible because of these differences of opinion.

While Dubai may be more of a rich man’s dream home than a utopia, Denmark is still a very good example of a basic utopia that can be used to help create your own model of a utopia.

B) In a world driven by scientific advancement, scientists use the concept of reading a person’s mind through neurological readings to bring to life Orwell’s omniscient Thought Police.

C) Recent Scenes… Photo #3- The photographer uses the metaphor of a destroyed bridge to convey the idea of North Korea being cut off from the outside world.

Recent Scenes… Photo #20- The photographer shows a reference to communist military demonstrations to show how the government still tries to manipulate and control the people.

A North Korean Anniversary… Photo #5- The photographer captures North Korea’s affection for cultural arts to show that, while North Korea is kept secluded, the people still strive to become the equals of the world through perfecting past mistakes.

-Coren Gillon

Anonymous said...

A. Dubai has had enormous success in the 21st century with their economic growth through tourism. Due to new hotels and a metropolis revolution, Dubai is now one of the most favored vacation spots around the east. The restaurants are all first class and there is even a 7-star hotel, the first of its kind. The tourism part of Dubai holds many utopian qualities. The food, housing, and activities are at top value and quality. These are very realistic for the tourists because everything is top-notch. They offer the tourists everything in life in the perfect way. I think Denmark is as close to a utopian society as possible. Danish people have everything paid for and everyone is equal. A garbage man is just as respect as a doctor because they basically make similar incomes. Danes don’t have to be stressed about paying healthcare or for education. Careers are chosen by passions and hobbies because money is not as much of a concern. This creates an overall happier life with little to be sad or stressed about.
B. By developing an fMRI that can read physical brain activity, our society could possibly hack into human’s mind and conquer the private thoughts of humans which is similar to 1984 in the way humans minds are controlled by the Party’s laws and propaganda.
C.
Picture #18 – Compared to Big Brother posters, Kim-II Sung has large posters plastered all over North Korea to enforce his power over the people he rules.
Picture # 7 – The workers in both 1984, and the picture go to work every day in the same outfit doing the same thing every single day which results in government control over people’s lives.
Picture # 25 – Similar to 1984’s environment, this picture portrays the lifeless and colorless detail of the living conditions.

christopher ruta

Joe Anderson said...

Part A:

Dubai has many of the qualities of a utopia. Some of these qualities include having the world’s first 7-star hotel, and many other luxurious experiences which make the happiness of the people go up. Also, Dubai is one of the richest cities in the world, making the populous extremely happy. If someone in Dubai wants something, they get it, for example, they have a multitude of man-mad islands making designs able to be seen from the sky, including a replica of the world’s continents in the form of island chains. Denmark also has characteristics of a utopia. They are rated the happiest country in the world by various surveys and studies. In Denmark, usually the only thing people have to complain about is their taxes which are one of the highest in the world. No matter your job or income you are happy. A garbage man can live in a middle-class neighborhood and walk around holding his head up high like the rest. No one belittles another because of their job or income or economic status. These places are both realistic examples of utopias, both expressing little negative qualities. These are the closest places we have to real, modern day, utopias.

Part B:

The video clip from “’60 minutes’ Tech that reads your mind” portrays events and qualities that the party, in 1984, would like to have because in addition to telescreens, because they could read people’s minds to create a bigger picture of what the people actually think, which would give more control over the people to the party.

Part C:

Recent scenes from North Korea picture 18: The North Korean leader, Kim Jong II, is displayed in a large image much like “Big Brother”, from the novel 1984, portraying the power and superiority over the people.

Peering into North Korea picture 34: The power of the leader of North Korea is portrayed through a slogan “if our party decides, we will do it,” much like the slogans of the party in the novel 1984, portraying the party’s control and intimidation over the people.

A North Korean anniversary and debut picture 20: The government of North Korea creates fear in the people of their nation by intimidation through sheer power and numbers at a massive 65th anniversary gathering at Kim II Sung Square, equaling the power and intimidation of the party, in 1984, which also creates fear in the people.

Ariel said...

A- A utopia is a place of piece and happiness. Dubai shows utopian like qualities within its scenery and its naturalistic state. The beaches, sand, and tropic weather gives a perfect environment for the people of the Dubai society.
Dubai's extravagent buildings and venues make it one of the most unique societies in the world.
Denmark, being defined as the happiest place on Earth because of its government paying for health care and education. With a high percentage of Danes involved within the government and other clubs, this helps people to know what goes on within the country.

B- In 1984 by George Orwell, the twon of Oceania is controlled strictly by government,this is similar to that of Russias.

C-
10- The soldiers preparing their guns is similar to that of the Thought Police who protect Big Brother.
18- The Koreans gathering to honor their "Great Leader" makes a similar contrast to the people of Oceania honoring Big Brother.
20-The picture connects to 1984 in the leader of Korea is pretty much advertised everywhere, this is similar to that of Big Brother being advertised everywhere within Oceania.