Orwell Vs. Huxley

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In Neil Postman’s passage in which he discusses the differences between Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World, it is obvious he is telling us who’s novel is relevant these days. Though neither of these ideas on which the novels are based have come true for us, he is showing us why one of them has a greater meaning, and even more, a greater chance of actually coming true. Though Orwell has some very good ideas, most of them outdated in society today, while Huxley’s ideas are growing to be more and more present in society as new technologies slowly wean us off the ideas that we must work hard to get good results. Instead we let machines do the work for us. To many people, technology is a great thing. Everyo Continue...


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ne uses some sort of computers in their everyday life, whether it be buying groceries or driving a car. Many people took the date of 1984 into such large account that when the year passed, their worries vanished. While most technology is a good thing, sometimes, as this technology makes our lives easier, it causes us to use our brains less; a compromise most don't even acknowledge. But do not fear, we will love our oppression. A year just like any other in which this these events might take place. Orwell's story has, or had, a lot of validity in those countries at those times. His warning: that it will be our own faults, yet not a soul in the world will mind. Those times have passed ,however, and Orwell's novel has lost its power, for there are more threatening dangers out there today; ourselves. Though Orwell's prophecy didn't come true in America, that is not to say it is without merit. He says that the oppression we face will be our own doing, but no one will have the capacity of thought to want to change things. These events did not happen in America at all, however, so Orwell's novel, while an interesting read, was only that; an interesting read, right Just because none of those events happened here, does not mean that across the world in a communist country, oppression as told in 1984 was not a way of life. As Huxley presents it, this is what we must be worried about, not the government regulating our lives, but us regulating our own lives. Huxley's prophecy must be a part of our lives however, and as long as we use technology to assist us, we run the risk of being automated ourselves; preoccupied with everything but true thought.