Dystopianism (dis-toh-pee-uh) is any place that has become undesirable or frightening. Translated “not-a-good place,” an antonym of utopia. However, the term, utopia, was coined by Sir Thomas More. A quick read of his book of that title, you might agree that what he describes is hardly Utopia (published 1516) or an ideal society in spite of minimal crime, violence and poverty. There are many other more gracious, loving, and open descriptions of utopia.
So, in a perfect linguistic world, the antonym of Utopia is Dystopia. Recent examples come from George Orwell (1984) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) . Dystopias are characterized by dehumanization, totalitarianism, and environmental collapse. Today’s totalitarian states are abundant: Afghanistan, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Yemen, NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles… So many areas of our world are slipping toward dystopia. More from Wikipedia…
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Even though most of the population of the world has no working knowledge of the big bang theory, the intellectual class does; and, its influence is pervasive. It has opened the door to a societal nihilism that is breeding dystopian chaos.
Perhaps people like Max Tegmark think it is clever to pick up Mad Max as his self-assigned moniker. Yet, Mad Max, the 1979 Australian dystopian action film (directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy, and starring Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky) is the antithesis of the direction of the Big Board-little universe project.