When we see movies about a dark, grim future, they tend to involve extreme measures of government-mandated control, brutal authority figures, and constant unavoidable propaganda.
We marvel at the mind-boggling terror of living in such a society and wonder how anyone could possibly tolerate it, but that's only because we see it portrayed in extremes.
In reality, these means of control can cultivate in a society through much more subtle means. Rights are slowly eroded, measures that make an utter mockery of our privacy are quietly put into place and if the discouraging ways our world changes didn't leave a vaguely bad taste in our mouths, they would almost be boring.
Indeed, that's exactly how cultural theorist Mark Fisher once characterized how real dystopias form by coining the term "boring dystopia." This term refers to subtle signs of coercion that give us a slight sense of unease about how alienating our world is becoming.
Taken together, however, these signs paint a very grim picture of our future.