Hey all, I could use some help refining/brainstorming/working out a plot. I've written loads of short horror stories and satires, and I'm trying my hand at writing my 1st dystopian story/novel. I know that it will be a govt-gone-out-of-hand in a setting 30 or 50 or 100 yrs from now, but I don't think I need to set a specific date/time period. I'm going to use all of the elements of propoganda, non-transparency, commanding everyone to blindy "trust" the administration w/out question, etc that were present in stories such as 1984. Only one, govt-controlled, news station and other types of control. I know that my main character will be an investigative journalist, but who would work in an area very non-controversial (such as determining the safety of particular foods) because nothing about the administration or official policy can possibly be questioned, explored or reported on. At one point, the character would be giving an instructional speech about her job or something, and someone would ask a question such as "what is msnbc" (or cnn, fox etc) that leads her to do some deep-digging research and realize that the gov is using huge amounts of propoganda to cover up something. The details of this big secret that the gov must cover up is the part that I'm a little bit stuck on detail-wise. Like maybe for some reason, the admin was desperate for allies/monetary aid/etc so they made a foolish and naively-trusting deal with an outside source that they don't know much about, who turns out to be a group that now has the ability to take over or otherwise oppress people. Or something where the people in charge themselves are the most sinister ones. I'm really not sure what to do. I can easily manage the setting in the beginning, but I'im not quite what "the big disaster" will be or where the dystopia will go as it progesses. Any help and ideas would be greatly appreciated! thanks!!