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Judging utopia: using language to evaluate

Have you ever dreamed of living in a perfect world? Many authors have imagined such utopian worlds in their writing. But would we all agree on what makes a perfect world? In this clip, explore how language can reveal people's judgements of others' ideas.

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Imagining the future: exploring viewpoints

Listen in as a group of authors discuss possible visions of the future. Will it be bright or will it be apocalyptic? Explore the reasons that shape their perspectives and consider your own responses to these ideas.

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Exploring dystopian fiction

Imagine a future where Australia has been taken over by an invading force and everybody is interned in prison camps, or a world where corporations control our every move. These are scenarios imagined by two Australian authors, John Marsden and Max Barry. In this clip, explore reasons why they believe these situations might ...

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Books as a source of debate

Imagine a world destroyed by cataclysm, where you were left to wander through an ash-coated landscape populated by thieves, murderers and even cannibals. That's the vision offered by Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel 'The road'. Dystopian fiction can often be bleak and pessimistic in terms of the view of humanity it offers readers. ...