“It is, perhaps, too complimentary to call them Utopians, they ought rather to be called dys-topians, or caco-topians. What is commonly called Utopian is something too good to be practicable; but what they appear to favour is too bad to be practicable.”

John Stuart Mill, 1868, earliest use of the word ‘Dys-topia’. In reference to the British governments land policies in Ireland.

dystopic glamour is something of a fashion, a romance rather than a critique.

pencil on sketchbook, a3, 2012


the initial notion of ‘utopia’ was satirical. so i suppose dys-topia is simply a sexy way of talking about fantasy (sci-fi, & all that).


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