Project 1: The People
We are currently moving towards the second part of the semester, where you will articulate, plan, and design your own utopia. You will need to identify a problem/question that your society will eventually take upon and resolve via its social structure and organization of life. Like the pioneering utopian communities, you will need to first identify a new model for life (The People); then decide where your community will settle (New Lands); develop a master plan of your own settlements (Master Plan); and then a propaganda program to expand your community (Mass Media). You will exhibit the end result at the container.
- Education, neoliberlsim, willful neglect of othered persons, the fact that some people are othered, lack of sustainability to foster prosperity for a narrow group of individuals
- This is a problem for everyone (or we think it is) so we are targetting specific heads of instiutions who perpetuate the above stated issues. By subverting their power, agency in decision making (not having to participate in capitalist economy) will be redistributed to those previosly subject
- In a society very, very similar to america
- We plan to do this by brainwashing rich people and their marketing teams to be less dickish
- These brainwashed rich people will, in turn, reframe their busnisess and their advertisement in a manner that someway, somehow eliminates “isms” and makes everyone happy
- Government? Should the state be involved? Should necessities be made free? Industries nationalized?
For the first part of the assignment, we want you to locate a major social problem, analyze its history and identify its causes, and, last but not least, propose a new society. To describe your ideal society, think about the way you believe people ought relate to one another in this society. How should they divide work? What should their attitudes towards religion, sex, and property be? What does a typical day look like? To communicate your ideal society you will need to submit the following:
Your final submission should include the following four items:
- 200-word description of the social problem your society claims to have an answer, as well as a concise analysis of its causes and history.
The problem is an overall complacency and lack of awareness of the systems that control us in a capitalist society.
The problem is modern society. It cleary just dont work…
Ideally everyone, this utopia does not exclude those who are the excluders
Everywhere, a modern late-capitalist nation
The West’s current realisation of Capitalism, that has been projected and posed as a model for most global societies concerned with ‘development,’ rests on the premise of vast wealth inequality. This wealth inequality is driven by the incentive of the bourgeoisie classes to produce, in the subjugated classes, lifestyles accustom to indefinite consumption. Thus the fundamental unit of society has been transformed from individuals, families, communes or societies into consumers. The consumer is alienated from their network. The problem of this capitalism is further complicated by the ideological nature of this subjugation. Not only are we
- 500-word description of your new society and how it solves the problem you identified in #1.
-This new society is a complete reconstruction of modern society. We are past a point in which utopian progression can satisfy a defined community, it must be a universal change in not ony the functions of our way of life but also a change in our mindsets of what it means to live in a network of humans. “Idealism and the modernist idea of ‘constant progression’ dominated the 19th and 20th century, nourishing the fabrication of countless Utopias in culture” many “sub-utopias” have existed within the confines of a predetermined capitalist society. We are past the point of utopia allowing utopia to be an external society it will instead be a militant takeover of society. The cruelties of capitalism cannot be done away with by getting rid of all production and dispersal of the companies, but insteaad by redistributing the power/ management/ labor/ money within them.. Also we should consider the fact that most of the labor for these companies is done in countries with far worse working conditions. Not sure how to solve that problem?
- A 100-word description of the rhythm of life. For example, a 24-hour plan of an average person’s day, a familly’s week, etc.
- The rhythm of life we invision is an inversion of that which already exists. In a society where higher education and trade schools are equally accessible, the focus of life would shift from
- Work in our society seems to fill two roles. For those without resources, work is a matter of necessity. Form follows function as earning money takes priority to feed oneself and ones family. For those with a wider range of opportunities, work fills the role of identity as exemplified by the customary question, “what do you do?” inquired upon making someones acquaintance. The Puritan ethics which continue to permeate through the virtues upheld by all god-fearing Americans are that we live to work and work to escape the clutches of idleness. Our downtime is occupied by familial obligations, ingestion of the food which is most accesible, and consumption of media.
- If all trades are made accessible on a societal level, then work in our society would be met with an eager willingness to participate, as the citizens are not financially dependent on it. This is a subversion of the existing structure surrounding work in that it no longer provides income, and is a universal identifier, for a persons job becomes the field of knowledge which they desire to engage in the most. While it would still cause some irritation to have to wake up and be in a specific place at a specific time, the work week ideally becomes a point of arousal, in place of despondancy.
- Infrastructure would allow public transportation to be the most convenient option for individuals to travel where they please, though personal cars would also be used at times. That is to say, people would take the bus home from work more often than not.
- Outside of work, meals would be held communally by those who have chosen to be cooks, unless an individual prefers to cook for themselves. The rest of their day may be spent as they wish. Media would be produced with the assumption that the audience is capable of engaging with nuanced thought in place of soleyl narrative based film-production which is primarily disseminated, in conjunction with social media platforms which employ algorithms to push puppy videos to the top of your feed and make social-organizing information difficult to stumble upon.