Dystopian Literature    or Real Life
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• Genetically engineered creatures (you might  call them "muttations") have escaped from  cap...
Dystopian• Hunger Games: Mockingjay birds used as spy  tools
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• Most food is produced in specific agricultural  regions, and is shipped long distances to  ...
Both• 4 companies control 80% of all beef  processing.• Consolidated lettuce and spinach in California  has caused problem...
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both• The government has the ability to monitor  civilians both in their home as well as in the  p...
Both• In the book 1984 the concept of “Big Brother  is watching” demonstrates the intrusion of  government into civilians’...
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• New varieties of food have been engineered  to produce their own toxins, killing certain  p...
Real Life• In 2011 engineers developed sweetcorn that  produces its own pesticide, yet the FDA  passed the product as safe...
Real LifeAlthough still under consideration from the FDAscientists have produced Salmon to withstaincolder temperatures al...
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• One government-supported "muttation" fish  survives in colder climates by producing  antifr...
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• In many agricultural districts, farmers go  hungry because they cant afford to buy the  foo...
Both• Farmers are being paid less and less for the  crops they produce, and grocery stores are  charging consumers more an...
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• The government supports a project to  integrate human DNA into new breeds of  genetically e...
Dystopian• In Hunger Games, Human DNA has been used  in animal breeding projects
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• Food packaging often contains microscopic  nanotechnology to help food stay "fresh" on  its...
Real Life• Hundreds of projects currently use  Nanotechnology.
Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• To address the country’s hunger  crisis, scientists have discovered a way to grow  meat in ...
Real Life• Dutch scientists have created a way to  produce lab raised meat from animal stem cell  tissue
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Read the scenarios to decide if what is happening occurs in literature, real life, or both.Learning Objective: Make self-text-world connections.

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Dystopia or real life

  1. 1. Dystopian Literature or Real Life
  2. 2. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• Genetically engineered creatures (you might call them "muttations") have escaped from captivity and bred with the native animal population, wiping out their non-engineered counterparts
  3. 3. Dystopian• Hunger Games: Mockingjay birds used as spy tools
  4. 4. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• Most food is produced in specific agricultural regions, and is shipped long distances to people who will eat it. This system is so fragile that an unexpected event, like a drought or a worker strike, could mean food shortages across the country.
  5. 5. Both• 4 companies control 80% of all beef processing.• Consolidated lettuce and spinach in California has caused problems in the past• When one part breaks down, it puts all the consumers at risk• E. Coli (2006
  6. 6. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both• The government has the ability to monitor civilians both in their home as well as in the public.
  7. 7. Both• In the book 1984 the concept of “Big Brother is watching” demonstrates the intrusion of government into civilians’ privacy. In real life, through technology, the government has the ability to monitor civilians, justified through the extension of the Patriot Act.
  8. 8. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• New varieties of food have been engineered to produce their own toxins, killing certain pests that try to eat them. The government insists that these foods are perfectly safe for people.
  9. 9. Real Life• In 2011 engineers developed sweetcorn that produces its own pesticide, yet the FDA passed the product as safe to eat.
  10. 10. Real LifeAlthough still under consideration from the FDAscientists have produced Salmon to withstaincolder temperatures allowing them to growquicker, therefore reaching market more quickly.
  11. 11. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• One government-supported "muttation" fish survives in colder climates by producing antifreeze in its blood.
  12. 12. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• In many agricultural districts, farmers go hungry because they cant afford to buy the food they grow.
  13. 13. Both• Farmers are being paid less and less for the crops they produce, and grocery stores are charging consumers more and more.
  14. 14. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• The government supports a project to integrate human DNA into new breeds of genetically engineered dogs, to make them smarter and more useful.
  15. 15. Dystopian• In Hunger Games, Human DNA has been used in animal breeding projects
  16. 16. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• Food packaging often contains microscopic nanotechnology to help food stay "fresh" on its long trip from where its grown to the remote districts where its eaten.
  17. 17. Real Life• Hundreds of projects currently use Nanotechnology.
  18. 18. Dystopia, Real Life, or Both?• To address the country’s hunger crisis, scientists have discovered a way to grow meat in a lab. In time, this could replace the need for farmers to raise livestock, and could further distance ordinary citizens from their food sources.
  19. 19. Real Life• Dutch scientists have created a way to produce lab raised meat from animal stem cell tissue

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