Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Huxley Right, Orwell Wrong

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. 
-- Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985)

2 comments:

  1. Ho hum. Does anyone really care?

    It actually drives me nuts. The only benefit is as fewer people vote, my vote is more powerful.

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  2. They are both right. But I'd say, instead of drowning in a sea of irrelevance, the truth has been drowned by sea of subterfuge and propaganda.

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