A friend asked me how to introduce dystopian fiction to teens. I like it in the context of social entrepreneurship: how are young people actually addressing the big problems dramatized in futuristic fiction? Must Octavia Butler and George Orwell be right?


Now the quietest among them has announced that he will be named editor-in-chief of a newspaper in a post-apocalyptic country. This is remarkable for several reasons. One is that in his speech he sounds panic-stricken. Two: he truly believes the end is near. Three: he assumes that the social structure afterwards will be tribal. Four: We’re already seeing an end to newspapers. Number five is his conviction that he (of all people) will not only survive but also be elevated to a position he is unqualified for in current society. Imagine a bellhop with hardly a high school education becoming an editor-in-chief after the world has ended. But let it be so, if for no other reason than the boldness of his vision and the charm that is the naiveté of daydreamers.