Brave New World Revisited

Brave New World Revisited

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In his 1932 classic dystopian novel, Brave New World , Aldous Huxley depicted a future society in thrall to science and regulated by sophisticated methods of social control. Nearly thirty years later in Brave New World Revisited , Huxley checked the progress of his prophecies against reality and argued that many of his fictional fantasies had grown uncomfortably close to the truth. Brave New World Revisited includes Huxley's views on overpopulation, propaganda, advertising and government control, and is an urgent and powerful appeal for the defence of individualism still alarmingly relevant today.
Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780099458234
0099458233
Branch Call Number: 823.912 H986Zh
Characteristics: xxii, 154 p.

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PearlyBaker
Jul 31, 2015

This piece by Huxley was just alright for me. I thought it came of as a little egocentric, elitist and preachy at times. I do find it interesting however that he wrote this piece in 1965 just twenty years after his Novel and how hauntingly true some of it is today. Take for example the war on terrorism in comparison to this sentence, "Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government." Or how about while writing this in 1965 Huxley stated that, "In the democratic West there is economic censorship and the media of mass communication are controlled by members of the Power Elite." Even more true today 50 years later. Huxley also speaks of mankind's need for distraction in modern society and entertainment long before the internet, iPhones, Facebook, memes, the Kardashians and twitter. However in the end I think while he got many things right in his summation of the future he also allowed his own sense of self-importance to block reality. In a letter written to George Orwell he was convinced that his theory of narco-hypnosis would be more accurate than Orwell's Jack Booted surveillance state. Though not even Huxley could have imagined a President as evil as George W. who would use fear mongering to roll out policies of preemptive strike, the DHS, TSA and the loyal, tranquil sounding Patriot Act.

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