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 also the inspiration for Roger Water’s strange but compelling 1992 album Amused to Death). Postman’s view was that Huxley had better anticipated the forms of social control used in the Western World. But McMillen’s condensation of Postman’s argument suggests a more complex diagnosis: there are certainly aspects of the Orwellian world in ours, mixed in and probably working in tandem with the hard-to-deny Huxleyan aspects. More on that in lecture.

While you’re at it, you might check out Nicholas Carr’s Atlantic article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Agree or disagree (or partially agree), you will see definite parallels between this point of view and the dystopian world of Super Sad True Love Story.

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