Dystopian Fiction: How Stories Transform Your Mind


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Today I get to talk about two of my favourite books: 1984 and Brave New World. Together, these novels paint a full picture of how human beings are susceptible to the tactics of totalitarian regimes. They also show how art is a vital protection against any system of control, as it enhances a society’s ability to empathize.

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Crash Course recently did an episode on 1984:

Works Cited:

New School Study on how Literary Fiction improves empathy:
https://www.newschool.edu/pressroom/pressreleases/2013/CastanoKidd.htm

Claremont Graduate School: “Future of Storytelling: Paul Zak”

National Endowment For The Arts study on the decline of reading:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/07/the-long-steady-decline-of-literary-reading/?utm_term=.5e6df50cbae8
https://www.arts.gov/artistic-fields/research-analysis/arts-data-profiles/arts-data-profile-10

Music:

“Here’s the Thing” by Lee Rosevere, Music For Podcasts 3
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/Music_For_Podcasts_3/01_Heres_the_Thing

Laser Groove Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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“Universe Calling” by Lee Rosevere, Music For Podcasts
https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/track/universe-calling

“Electric Mantis – Daybreak | Majestic Color”

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