Monthly Archives: January 2015

Silverberg

A recommendation from Terry: If the class is enjoying Super Sad True Love Story, I’d like to recommend Robert Silverberg’s Dying Inside. Silverberg’s sensibilities, noticeably Jewish-New York, are similar to Shteyngart, and although Silverberg made a mistake by insisting Tiptree … Continue reading

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Welcome, Feelies!

Apparently, everything we’ve read so far in this course was prophetic: check this out. And, because virtual reality mirrors the art of James Tiptree Jr’s “The Girl Who Was Plugged in,” check out this 2008 article on Second Life in … Continue reading

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On Christopher Nolan’s *Interstellar*

Alexis recommends “Interstellar by Christopher Nolan,” an interesting piece by Adam Rogers of Wired. The accompanying video explains the science of the digital creation of the black hole in the movie with the aid of the American theoretical physicist Kip … Continue reading

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Huxley and Orwell and us, oh my!

On the topic of Huxley vs Orwell vs another view of the future (i.e., present), see Stuart McMillen’s excellent web-comic adaptation of Neil Postman’s 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (which was … Continue reading

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On Brave New World and surveillance

Here are some thoughts on Huxley’s dystopian (utopian?) vision in relation to our world, provided by Matthew Polinski: In lecture Dan mentioned Huxley’s (or someone else’s?) ideas on repressed societies. It was mentioned that Huxley posited repressed societies do not … Continue reading

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Submit your Slogans for our Brave New World!

Aldous Huxley draws a none too subtle parallel between the conditioning techniques of “social predestination” and “hypnopaedia” and the methods of political propaganda and advertising in our world. As in 1984, Super Sad True Love Story and so many other … Continue reading

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Blog entry sign ups

Almost everyone has now chosen what text they will write on for their blog entry. If you haven’t, please see the list of open slots on Moodle, then email me your choice. Please do this by this Friday.

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