16 Jan 2010

Aldous Huxley vs George Orwell

I have just been sent a link to a cartoon of Aldous Huxley vs George Orwell - and although rarely share such stuff thought this was worth sharing - see here - it is from a book 'Amusing Ourselves' to Death by Stuart McMillen - There is also a link to his 'Part of Nature' which I had seen before - also worth a look - see here.

Here's a bit from the forward: "...alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think."

Worth a look.

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