The Dictator’s Dilemma

Tim Hickson

A video of Tim Hickson

11 a.m., August 6, 2023

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Our video for use in our discussion this week was made by Tim Hickson. He is otherwise known as Hello Future Me on YouTube, and has been making educational content to teach writing, world-building, and narrative for “a while now.” His aim is to create informative, down-to-earth, and accessible educational content for everyone. He is the author of On Writing and Worldbuilding.

This video is a tutorial for fantasy writers and world-builders on the factors that create revolutions. These factors exist in the real world and his analysis can help understand what’s happening today. Hickson’s style may seem deadpan and sarcastic, but his points are very illustrative. To make his points, he uses images from science fiction and fantasy genres to illustrate how they might look in real world scenarios.

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