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Lecture: Technological utopias and dystopias
Key concepts: utopian, dystopian, technological utopianism/dystopianism, Orwellian, language as technology, historical context of 1984, Orwell's influence on other stories about comm tech, role of information in the control of society
Examples: Gattaca, Brazil, The Apple Macintosh "1984" Ad, Civilization IV
Textbook: 1984 -- part two, sections 1-5
Read the PART TWO, SECTIONS 1-5 of Orwell, George. 1984.
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