Published in Bitch Magazine’s Chaos Issue (Winter 2017)
Dystopian media speaks to something much deeper in society, reflecting anxieties and helping us process them. This complicated and diverse genre deserves far better than its enemies heap upon it. Dystopianism is not just a simple obsession, an itch pop culture must return to time and again to scratch. Picking through the thematic elements of dystopias in any given decade reveals what people are afraid of and how we search for answers to our fears. Whether a cautionary tale or an exploration of a possible future, there’s always something at the core of these works that dovetails with the realities surrounding their creators.