March 28, 2012
Most of us don’t know – in many respects, we already live in Panem, the authoritarian high-tech dictatorship described in The Hunger Games. The film shows us what we have to look forward to if we don’t turn things around.
It’s interesting The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins gave her dystopian nation an appropriate name – Panem, from the Latin phrase “Panem et Circenses” which means “Bread and Circuses.”
It was the basic Roman recipe for the required amusement and distraction of the masses existing within a military dictatorship.