April 9th, 2009

Mental Imprisonment - quotes and references

I’m not even sure how to look this up. I’m not even sure how to talk about it but here goes …

I need references in books, movies and TV about being imprisoned (or committed to a mental institution) and realizing the extent of being imprisoned extends to the mind/psyche etc. In other words, not just the physical attempts to escape but the mental/psychological.

Maybe the background will help: I have a character who, via pseudo-science, been ‘imprisoned’ in an imaginary world in his mind – a world that seems like his ideal life. So, in that context he doesn’t know he’s imprisoned/captured, he thinks he’s going through his normal daily life. However, his sub-conscious is aware and is trying to send him signals through ads, the shows on TV, radio broadcasts, books he’s reading etc. His sub-conscious is trying to tell him that something is wrong; his world isn’t ‘real’ and so on.

For example, his apartment number is #6, the same as the Prisoner on ‘The Prisoner’, there’s going to be ‘The Prisoner’ marathons going on and so on. I need other referents; they would be ideal if they are other semi-cheesy TV/movies, they could be classic works of poetry, philosophy and etc. Quotes, excerpts etc. Anything. Extra bonus if they are British/Welsh/non-American.

ETA: Thanks everyone! I've got a ton of great refeneces. Blake's 7 is espeically good and the mix of classics and modern will do nicely.

paradigm shifts

 I'm writing a novel set in a (almost) dystopian future, and I'm wondering if you guys could help me figure out how my universe got to be the way it is. 

Basically, the prevalent social thought of the time is based on the idea that suffering stems from unfufilled desires, which stem from desire, which should be controlled and eliminated. Currently, the idea is to have it be the prevailing way of thinking rather than an enforced regime. The way the country is run is still heavily influenced by it, of course, in the same way the governments of Western nations now are influenced by christian ideas. 

The problem is, I'm not a history or social science student, and I'm not overly confident in my ability to explain how this shift in thought came about. I've tried googling vague terms such as 'paradigm shifts' 'cultural transitions' and 'how paradigm shifts occur' with (unsuprisingly) little luck.

So, how could a change like this occur? I'm assuming, since it's not an enforced regime, that it didn't involve violence or force, but was more of a gradual shift. Still, there needs to be a precipitating factor - prehaps in the same vein as the industrial revoloution sparking democracy? 

Also, my novel is set in Australia, though I think it's more plausible for it to have been started somewhere else (perhaps Britiian?) and spread. In which case, how did it spread, where would it likely spread to, and why to those places?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can aid me in my stumbling around in the dark. :)






Differences between mens' and womens' military uniforms?

 Setting is in the near future, and decidedly post-apocalyptic. It might not be precisely on Earth, but all those involved are just your average humans. Not sure if this is relevant to the question at all, but by this point female soldiers are serving the same roles as men, and there's probably been a good bit of, for lack of a better word, depopulation overall.

Are there any visible differences between men's and women's uniforms that would be worn during actual combat? Anything and everything, from stuff on identification/dog tags to actual differences in clothing worn. Probably not down to what shoe sizing is like, but anything would be useful. Specifically, I'm concerned with the American military currently (it's not so far in the future) but what other countries' uniforms are like would also be of interest. Forgive me if the question sounds unbelievably stupid. I can't think of any better way to phrase it T_T;;

Terms Googled: "female military uniform", "female military uniform American", "female military battle dress".