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  • Language Log reports on the transliterations of "Trump" into Chinese and Chinese social networks.

  • Marginal Revolution shares Jill Lepore's argument that modern dystopian fiction deals with submission to the worst, not resistance.

  • At the NYRB Daily, Tim Flannery notes how Trump's withdrawal from Paris is bad for the environment and for the American economy.

  • Peter Rukavina's photo of stormclouds over Charlottetown is eye-catching. (I have not heard of "dark off" myself.)
  • Savage Minds announces a MOOC ANTH 101 course starting tomorrow.

  • Window on Eurasia argues that Putin can afford to be aggressive because he is not constrained by Communist ideology.

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Date: 2017-06-05 01:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mmcirvin
The classic dystopias were often completely hopeless. In "1984" and "Brave New World", resistance is farcically useless--it's far too late for anyone in the world of the story. I even recall a foreword to some edition of "1984" by William Gibson in which he praised that aspect of the book.

I suppose the afterword to "1984" might imply that the dystopian state eventually fell somehow, but there's no sign of how it happens in the story.
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