Archive for the Propaganda Category

Dystopian New Year

Dystopian New Year

In an alternate reality version of New Years’ Day 2017, Tommy Bailey, the protagonist of the Resistance Series, is five months old. He was born into a time of increasing turmoil and transition. Tommy was too young to understand that an authoritarian leader named Lowell Stratford was […]

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Happy Distribution Day

Happy Distribution Day

Nineteen years from now, in the fictional alternate reality of the Resistance Series, it’s Distribution Day. On October 27, 2034, the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense implements an ambitious, nation-wide program to protect its citizenry from the imminent threat of a biological weapons attack. The Counteractive […]

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The Rules Don’t Apply to You

The Rules Don’t Apply to You

How would you feel if you knew, no matter what you did, you couldn’t be punished or held accountable? How would it change the way you treated people? Would you decide to cheat…steal…or kill? How far would you go? In the 2013 film The Purge, citizens were […]

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Dystopian Humor

Image from Toothpaste for Dinner.com  

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The Accidental Activist

The Accidental Activist

When my fourth-grade class began a unit on current events, math was the only thing that interested me less. That feeling hasn’t changed. I don’t watch the news. I don’t support political candidates or claim a political affiliation. I only get interested in what’s going on in […]

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That Could Never Happen: A Look at The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

That Could Never Happen: A Look at The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

When “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson first appeared in The New Yorker in June 1948, people averted their eyes. Many canceled their subscription to the magazine. Jackson received hate mail. People wrote to ask if the short story were fiction—and if not, where did these outlandish rituals […]

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Start Spreading the News

Start Spreading the News

Maybe you’re too young to remember the iconic Faberge’ Organics Shampoo commercials of the 1970s, but they aptly illustrate how easily word of mouth spreads. This “tell two friends” technique can be used to spread rumors and lies–and we know just how fast false information can be […]

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Make Mine Freedom

  Here’s a propaganda cartoon from 1948. I’m sure my parents watched this one or something like it as schoolchildren, and maybe that’s why the message seems like common sense to them!

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Counteract’s dystopian government based on fact? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 9

Counteract’s dystopian government based on fact? Q&A with my nieces: Episode 9

Jules asks another interesting question: “Why did you choose a corrupt government scenario for Counteract? Was it based on our real government? (ha ha)” In the fictional future world of Counteract, the three branches of the United States Government cede most of their power to the Office […]

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Counteract Book Trailer

Counteract Book Trailer

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Resist: Book Two of the Resistance Series won a Silver Medal in the 2016 International Wishing Shelf Book Awards
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