From dys- +‎ -topia, as if from Ancient Greek δυσ- (dus-, “bad”) + τόπος (tópos, “place, region”) + -ία (-ía), based on utopia.

Even though the word Dystopia first introduced into the English Literature through Sir Thomas More’s book Utopia in 1516, describing a fictional island society in the south Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South America. Interestingly, it has been observed that although the word has been common place since 1516, the use of the word has been drastically increased only the last 70 years in works of Culture. This resurgence has been noted also in arts and has us wondering if this old saying of art imitating life is proved yet again.

Especially the last five years popular visual media is are extensively exploring the concept of a dystopian World .Although, writers Gregory ClaeysLyman Tower Sargent in their book “The Utopia Reader”define literary dystopias as societies imagined as substantially worse than the contemporaneous society, popular culture through the exaggeration of those claims (The Greek Weird Wave, Black Mirror series etc.), for entertainment purposes functions as a warning of what tomorrow’s society actually could be taking advantage of the appeal that danger holds over the viewers.

In an episode of the stream Documentary that aired in 15 February of 2017, they express concisely if this dystopian trend is a future prediction or even worse a current reality


By Eirini Pouliasi /Irene Pouliassi