In-class Assignment: Thursday, May 22

We've been talking about satire in class for the past couple of days.  "Satire," you recall, is a form of writing that is supposed to hold up a mirror to societal flaws. 
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a light-hearted satire, but a satire nevertheless.  Adams preys upon the foibles of humanity, and yet, while doing so, also presents the legend of Magrathea.  Magrathea is the planet populated by beings who once made a living creating planets for the very rich.  Their clients would often create their "ideal" planet, one with an environment that best suited their needs and desires.  While these planets didn't come with a society included, the legend of Magrathea in conjunction with the satire throughout the novel begs the question:  If you could create a planet of your own, society included, what would it be like?  Would you opt for a utopia or not?  What would make your planet so ideal?
Form small groups with people you can agree with and take about 10-15 minutes to discuss the sort of planet and society you would create and why.  Then present your ideas to the class.

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