When you think of a dystopian universe, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Are the Dali-esque surrealist landscapes, or the more realistic world presented in ‘The Handmaidens Tale’? According to the late academic and cultural theorist Mark Fisher, we are already living in a present-day dystopia. And the bad news? It is very boring!
Fisher stamped the term ‘boring dystopia’ in 2015, and it refers to the subliminal coercion that abounds in a capitalist society. It is so subtle, though, that you may not realize it is happening unless you’re looking for it. The closest fantasy depiction of this theory is Charlie Booker’s ‘Black Mirror’, which questions how far is too far when it comes to our evolving technology.
If you want some real-life examples of this theory, you should look no further than the sub-Reddit titled ‘A Boring Dystopia’. It is dedicated to sharing images that are disturbingly unassuming, and they may make you question everything.
Check out the Orwellian thread of signs below, and feel free to tell us what you think about this topic in the comments!