Rollerball, A Dystopian World

A Commentary On a Dystopian Global World by Mitch Santell

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Quotes From George Orwell’s 1984.

For so many who have lived outside the USA, we look at America as a Corporate Empire. Hollywood Showed us back in 1975 what a Dystopian World could look like. Is it here now? You tell me.


Rollerball’s action takes place after the world’s nations have gone “bankrupt,” and after the destructive “Corporate Wars” have come and gone  

Now, corporations “take care of everyone,” and the violent, team sport of Rollerball has been created by big business to remind people of “the futility of individual effort.”  The goal of the corporations is to be essential to every individual’s life, and for “the few” to make important decisions on “a global basis.”

Unfortunately, there are serious downsides to corporate rule as depicted in Rollerball.  For one thing, all citizens are treated as powerless employees of the “Executive Class.”  This means that your beloved wife can be transferred to another man’s possession with the ease an on-the-job departmental transfer.  Indeed, this is the indignity that the world’s greatest Rollerball player, Jonathan E. (James Caan) has suffered…and never forgiven.   He still loves his wife, but an executive in Italy had more power and stature…and took her.  And she was paid handsomely to leave Jonathan, rewarded with a villa in Rome, and extreme wealth. 

Rollerball depicts a society in which the people have indeed accepted control by a ruling elite…in return for being “provided for,” in return for “privilege.”

But, in accordance with the President Carter quote, these same people have no sense of meaning or purpose.  

Part of the reason the people live with such an unjust arrangement is because of a deliberate black-out of educational materials and information.  Rollerball tournaments play endlessly on the television, and local libraries are impersonal computer centers that feature only “summaries” of important literary works and ideas. 

Instead, the corporations own history itself: “What do you want books for?,” Jonathan’s team-mate, Moon Pie asks innocently.  “Look Johnny, if you wanna learn somethin’, just get a Corporate Teacher to come and teach it to ya’. Use yer Privilege Card…”

It’s clearly an Internet-less world, and in one scene in the film, Jonathan E. goes to Geneva to visit a computerized archive where all the answers about “corporate rule” are purported to exist.  Not surprisingly, the computer librarian, named Zero, proves absolutely unhelpful. in providing such data.  In fact, the machine has lost the totality of the “13th Century” in terms of knowledge.  Thus, there is no place to turn to in this world to learn about history, science, or nature.  Everything is the gameEverything is blood lust.

Because as long as you think about the game, and which team is winning or losing, you aren’t thinking about who is gaming the system and for what agenda.

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“Ladies and gentlemen, will you stand please for the playing of our Corporate Hymn?”

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Freedom Of Speech Is On Life Support

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There is a new breed of American that sincerely knows everything that is happening and can’t bring themselves to knock on their neighbor’s door to speak the truth.

If you think you have Freedom of Speech in America look at the absolute constant attack on President Donald J. Trump.

How did a national treasurer as a successful entrepreneur and hit TV show star end up being attacked?

Please invest a few moments to watch and listen to what is truly happening in America. The American Press is so bad that there are more Americans who own Pet Chickens, more Practicing Witches, and Prostitutes than those watching CNN.



Characteristics of a Dystopian Society

    • • Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
    • • Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
    • • A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
    • • Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
    • • Citizens have a fear of the outside world.

Types of Dystopian Controls
Most dystopian works present a world in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through one or more of the following types of controls:

• Corporate control: One or more large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or the media. Examples include Minority Report and Running Man.

• Bureaucratic control: Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials. Examples in the film include Brazil.

• Technological control: Society is controlled by technology—through computers, robots, and/or scientific means. Examples include The Matrix, The Terminator, and I, Robot.

• Philosophical/religious control: Society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government.

The Dystopian Protagonist
• often feels trapped and is struggling to escape.

• questions the existing social and political systems.

• believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he or she lives.

• helps the audience recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.


What will you do to ensure that future generations don’t turn out to be like the movie 1984?

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