We find some literatures indicating dystopia, and here in this post I brought a short drawing by Stuart McMillen comparing the dystopia described in ‘Brave New World’ and the one in ‘1984’. “Utopian and dystopian writing tends to parallel political trends. Utopian writing frequently depicts an idealized society that the author puts forth as a blueprint to strive toward. Dystopias, on the other hand, are not necessarily predictions of apocalyptic futures, but rather warnings about the ways in which societies can set themselves on the path to destruction.” The two Koreas are under the political experiment in that the North proceeds the communist variable while its neighbour proceeds the capitalist variable. In this political laboratory of Korean peninsula, we have observed two types of dystopia live vividly; North Korea represents a Orwellian dystopia model when South Korea represents a Huxleyan dystopia model. This coming cartoon empathises such comparison in a clear tone. I would simply omit the argument why those two Koreas represent such dystopia since I found it somewhat obvious; North Korea is a closed nation where information is heavily censored not only for its citizens but also for the rest of the world, and South Korea celebrates the highest rate of conducting plastic surgery, video game and screen addiction.
In such sense of describing two dystopias, the political footprint made by two leaders of North and South on the day of 27th of April of 2018 is considered important since those two dystopias had developed to extreme for the sake of the counterpart behind the walled border. Now that the walled border seems to be fallen, the further development of those dystopian societies is at sake, and the convergence for a new mixed ideology should be on the table. Does this handshake mean the end of two dystopian models in a political laboratory? The Panmunjeon Declaration document ended ‘to be continued’ in the coming fall when the leader of South will visit to the North for further talks.
Will intellectuals describe another possible dystopia? Or will there be more debate to step toward an agreed utopian model?