Huxley vs. Orwell

After church on Sunday, I was chatting with a parishioner at Christ Church. She’s in high school, and I asked what she is up to this summer. Reading, she said. Among other things, she’s reading Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. That reminded me of something which I’d been saving in my blogpile for an opportune moment.


Most observers would agree that, despite the Bush regime’s efforts to expand Big Goverment/Brother, we live in a world that’s more like Huxley’s vision than Orwell’s. I thought this series of comparisons, based on Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, was a good summary. Have a look at the whole series.

When you’re done, go read Postman. That book made an enormous difference in my life. While there is irony in this complaint from a person who blogs/tweets/facebooks, I do feel obligated to point out that we all have choices to make; we could reject the commercial ubiquity of our world, if we wanted.

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