Dystopian fiction often can be categorized by its main antagonists: Big Brother, Evil Corp., or Apocalyptic Catastrophe. Last time, we examined “Big Brother.” This week we shall take a look at the “Evil Corporation.” The Evil Corporation, often global in scale, transcends government and law. Government is often either absent, ineffectual, or co-opted. The sole motive is for profit through any means necessary. Humans are often treated as chattel or merely means to a corporate end. Common themes include individuality, freedom, war, terror, poverty, ecological destruction, oppression, suffering. As with “Big Brother” dystopia, the themes are often commentary on existing social, economic, and political conditions. In “Big Brother” dystopian fiction, the State has become a monster of oppression, but in “Evil Corporation” dystopia, it is the unfettered private market controlled by a powerful few that has become the leviathan.
Some examples of “Evil Corporation” dystopian fiction include:
Please feel free to contribute your favorites in the comments below.