Saturday, June 15, 2013

Brave New 1984


By Biblioklep found at <http://biblioklept.org/2013/06/08/huxley-vs-orwell-the-webcomic-2/>

While an amusing comparative look at both Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, the two quintessential works of dystopian literature, I cannot help but think about the truth of this when also compared with the world we live in.

In everyday living among the masses, we look more like Brave New World. We have movies, television shows, Youtube, and video games that allow us to mindlessly forget reality. The family unit has been dissolved and promiscuity has found itself as the replacement. We are more obsessed with our own public image by our physical beauty and material possessions than we are with the state of our souls. Religion (but not necessarily spirituality) is seen as backwards and repressive. We love our drunkenness and parties complete with fornication and threesomes ("orgy-porgy!"). Sexual promiscuity is even mass produced via feelies ... I mean movie-format in both DVD and media streaming online. Even as I type this, Spotify has just advertised a way to "attract women in less than 60 seconds," complete with a sexy blonde sitting quite seductively. We even fight for the legalization of soma ... I mean marijuana. Facebook (and other forms of technological social media) are connecting us more while drifting us apart.

However, on the flip side, news outlets are flooded recently with stories concerning the NSA and their "spying eyes," as if we did not already know that Washington did not already have Nineteen Eighty-Four's Big Brother watching us night and day. Remember, President Bush may have signed the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, but President Obama still enforces it.  The NSA, the DoD, and the DHS have been able to keep tabs on all United States citizens and most non-citizens. (BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU). President Obama has droned citizens without trial for the sake of "security." (WAR IS PEACE). As American society at large has deemed Christianity as the enemy of progress with Islam as the martyrs of Christian Crusade-like advancement, American news outlets refuse to talk of near-genocide of Christians by the hands of Islamic terrorists in the Middle East. (IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.) There is even this quote found on the White House webpage:
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.
I am sure the Ministry of Love ... I mean the White House will be nice and friendly to those thoughtcriminals they find.

We are in an ever flowing flux of two dystopian thoughts living side by side simultaneously. On one hand, we have the everyday society found in Rouge City in Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artificial Intelligence while having the technological overlords found in V for Vendetta. I, for one, am not okay with this.

No comments:

Post a Comment