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24th Sep '16 3:00:08 PM morane
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The nastier, more blatantly dystopian sorts provide BloodSport and GladiatorGames, for the amusement, while the general population, of course, ''knows'' this, but doesn't care. After all, [[MoralMyopia the savages who participate in such things probably can't appreciate true civilization anyway]].

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The nastier, more blatantly dystopian sorts provide BloodSport and GladiatorGames, GladiatorGames - or, God forbid, PublicExecution, for the amusement, while the general population, of course, ''knows'' this, but doesn't care. After all, [[MoralMyopia the savages who participate in such things probably can't appreciate true civilization anyway]].
anyway]]. A more benevolent ruler might arrange TheTournament and even participate in it.
24th Sep '16 2:43:48 PM morane
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Can overlap with StrawmanNewsMedia and NetworkDecay.

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This trope is always present in a CrapsaccharineWorld. Can overlap with StrawmanNewsMedia and NetworkDecay.
11th Aug '16 5:38:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Caesar'' games, you play as a Roman governor and one of your most basic duties is to provide food for your citizens. Entertainment is also required for housing to evolve beyond the most basic levels. A combination of unemployment, hunger, and lack of entertainment can result in riots.
* The HeartsOfIron series features a CommandAndConquerEconomy for all countries, with different kinds of production controlled via sliders. This comes under the "Consumer Goods" slider - satisfy or exceed demand, and your Dissent rating goes down. Fail to meet demand, and before long you might be facing open revolt or (in the case of some countries) open civil war. Even an extremist dictatorship like UsefulNotes/NaziGermany can have a HundredPercentAdorationRating if production is managed well.

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* In the ''Caesar'' ''VideoGame/{{Caesar}}'' games, you play as a Roman governor and one of your most basic duties is to provide food for your citizens. Entertainment is also required for housing to evolve beyond the most basic levels. A combination of unemployment, hunger, and lack of entertainment can result in riots.
* The HeartsOfIron ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron'' series features a CommandAndConquerEconomy for all countries, with different kinds of production controlled via sliders. This comes under the "Consumer Goods" slider - satisfy or exceed demand, and your Dissent rating goes down. Fail to meet demand, and before long you might be facing open revolt or (in the case of some countries) open civil war. Even an extremist dictatorship like UsefulNotes/NaziGermany can have a HundredPercentAdorationRating if production is managed well.
30th Jul '16 4:43:53 PM nombretomado
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* This is some of the Dreaming Dark's M.O. in ''{{Eberron}}'' -- peace through kidnapping potential rebels and happy propaganda-filled dreams for everyone!
* In ''DarkSun'', all of the Sorcerer-Kings run the risk of a ZeroPercentApprovalRating, since they're overt wizards in a setting where all wizards are hated and their magic kills the environment. They distract their subjects with lavish gladiatorial games, which are so popular that the people keep running them after one Sorcerer-King is overthrown.

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* This is some of the Dreaming Dark's M.O. in ''{{Eberron}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' -- peace through kidnapping potential rebels and happy propaganda-filled dreams for everyone!
* In ''DarkSun'', ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'', all of the Sorcerer-Kings run the risk of a ZeroPercentApprovalRating, since they're overt wizards in a setting where all wizards are hated and their magic kills the environment. They distract their subjects with lavish gladiatorial games, which are so popular that the people keep running them after one Sorcerer-King is overthrown.
21st Jul '16 5:03:27 PM Solace
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* "WorkingClassHero'' by Music/JohnLennon:

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* "WorkingClassHero'' "WorkingClassHero" by Music/JohnLennon:


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* "Luna Park" by Music/PetShopBoys subverts this trope; the people are aware that the titular amusement park [[note]] a metaphor for the United States, according to WordOfGod [[/note]] is merely a distraction, but they would rather indulge in it than confront the horrors of the world outside:
--> And when we're feeling scared, we're happy\\
With circuses and bread, we're happy\\
The whirling fair machines are all we need
** The trope is also name-dropped in "The Sound of the Atom Splitting."
21st Jun '16 8:50:35 PM sayaleviathan
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* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'': The Sibyl System uses holograms, virtual worlds, psychiatric medications, high-paying jobs, {{Kawaisa}} Drones, and anything so that the masses' Psycho-Passes would be reduced. If that does not work, then they would use either rehabilitation (which seems to be pretty comfortable as the rehabilitated were allowed to keep their cherished possessions in life) or enforcement.
21st Jun '16 11:38:46 AM gewunomox
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* Hinted at in OingoBoingo's "Nothing to Fear":

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* Hinted at in OingoBoingo's Music/OingoBoingo's "Nothing to Fear":
31st May '16 8:48:26 AM Allronix
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* It's implied that various incarnations of The Game Grids in the ''{{Film/Tron}}'' universe are both good ways to dispose of malware, malcontents, and other troublemakers as well as give the citizen Programs some entertainment. Played straighter in the films and ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'', but treated with more complexity in the ''Betrayal'' comic, ''VideoGame/TronEvolution'', and ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh''. In the former two, Flynn banned lethal matches, making them harmless fun. (Clu, naturally, reinstated the lethal part) In ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'', Jet is sent there as an alternative death sentence, but he's treated relatively well, even by the guards. Mercury, the Game Grid champion, is considered a star athlete, not a condemned crook.
20th May '16 12:49:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/RayBradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}''. Most people ''like'' the mindless entertainment.

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* Creator/RayBradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''. Most people ''like'' the mindless entertainment.
21st Mar '16 3:59:18 AM MarqFJA
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer3TiberiumWars'' background reveals that the Brotherhood of Nod have become the last hint of civilization and order in the devastated Yellow Zones of Earth, for the people living there (about 80% of the human population) they are seen as the good guys, those who bring infrastructure, food, medicine, security and hope to the masses, also, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity they look really cool]].

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer3TiberiumWars'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' background reveals that the Brotherhood of Nod have become the last hint of civilization and order in the devastated Yellow Zones of Earth, for the people living there (about 80% of the human population) they are seen as the good guys, those who bring infrastructure, food, medicine, security and hope to the masses, also, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity they look really cool]].
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