Amusing Ourselves to Death

If you have not yet seen this cartoon, I heavily recommend it. It is basically a comparison between the ways in which George Orwell and Aldous Huxley anticipated the rise of dystopia. In conclusion:

Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us.
Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.
… Huxley, not Orwell, was right.

7 thoughts on “Amusing Ourselves to Death

  1. rmangum June 22, 2011 at 00:26

    They were both right. It’s a false dichotomy.

    • David Gendron June 23, 2011 at 11:52

      Same for me. But we know less about Huxley’s position.

  2. Black Flag® June 22, 2011 at 11:20

    I agree with Rmangum – both can, at the same time, destroy us.

    However I think Huxley was concerned of “love” and its ability to destroy someone because unlike hate, we embrace love and become blind and deaf to our own pain as it destroys us.

    We willingly die for those we love, even if that love is the reason we are dying.

    So, we could resist Orwell’s world because we can see it if we want to.
    We are unarmed in Huxley’s world because we willingly embrace it.

    In that, I think Huxley was right.

  3. Lord Metroid June 23, 2011 at 02:36

    Huxley is right but the authoritarian central planners are rolling out ever more tyrannical measures to monitor and subdue the people.

    • Lord Metroid June 23, 2011 at 02:37

      When I think about it, perhaps Huxley and Orwell should have authored a book together and created a fiction where there both dystopian visions where melded into one.

  4. Black Flag® June 23, 2011 at 11:09

    Lord Metroid,

    melded into one

    Sadly, they need not have written such a book, but merely pointed outside.

  5. vaguelyhumanoid June 25, 2011 at 02:48

    If you get past the dense writing style this is essentially what a large portion of Society of the Spectacle is saying.

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