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Old 08-07-2005, 04:11 PM   #1
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Sunday Dispatch #244

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 egoism.

Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.

Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.

As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984 Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.

In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

~from the book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
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Wow! Awesome!
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for the record , Amused To Death by Roger Waters is a great work of art too !!!

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It's a pretty good parable there. Western culture is prone to scaring itself to death, so that's why I take American media with a grain of salt--just like I'd treat "The National Enquirer."

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"for the record , Amused To Death by Roger Waters is a great work of art too !!!"


Is that the guy from Pink?
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