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April 18, 2006

Utopia Obsolete?

Hayles, ''Is Utopia Obsolete?'' (Online) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

Utopia is an ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects. In Diamond Age a prime example of how the society is encouraging everyone to be perfect it every aspect, the Primer was made just for that cause. It was mainly for young women but it had the same desire to make an utopian society. "It was designed as counter-indoctrination to the cultures prevailing norms."

Hayles article is very in depth and really makes you think "Have artists and writers lost faith in our ability to make a better future?" Is this why they write books that have a basic plot about an utopian society?

I enjoy how Hayles talks about how The Diamond Age could be more likely defined as a mutopia. She gives great reasoning and details as well as supporting facts to back up her thesis. "Conflicted, paradoxical and far from innocent, Stephenson's mutopia can recreate a new sense of the human and even as it implodes older ideas of autonomous individualism and secure boundaries.

I think that trying to make an utopian society that revolves around a society dependent on technology really can not be utopia. I think that this "perfect" world the Victorians and others envision is far from the truth.

Posted by Denamarie at April 18, 2006 08:21 PM

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