What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Why we love dystopian stories

Remember when your mother asked if you would jump off a bridge if all your friends did? The consequences of such an action are pretty clear, but some actions – like banning books – have complex consequences that aren’t easily imagined. That’s why dystopian stories are useful. Dystopian stories take ideas to extremes to examine how humans met such dire conditions, and also to warn against certain actions. But why do we like stories about the end of the world as we know it?

Instructor: Maren Anderson
Keywords: Storytelling, Communication & Humanity
CRN: 21238