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Why are people so obsessed with dystopias?

Dystopian narratives in pop culture have long been used to reflect real-world fears held by both niche groups and the entire global population. So, how are books, films, and TV series highlighting contemporary concerns? And how might a general sense of pessimism impact people’s behaviours?

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Set in a near future in which the US turns into a fundamentalist theocracy, The Handmaid’s Tale, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 best-selling novel, has proven to be a critical and commercial smash hit, helping to push Hulu past the 20 million subscriber mark in the US. [1][2][3] HBO’s Westworld has similarly been celebrated for its dissection of the ethical questions surrounding artificially intelligent robots, while Black Mirror has become a global sensation for its parables about how technology could evolve in worrisome ways.

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