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Huxley Vs. Orwell

This blog’s reader reflectionephemeral passes along this cartoon précis of the late Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves To Death,” in which Postman advances the thesis that Aldous Huxley, not George Orwell, was right about our dystopian future. Example:

What Orwell feared was 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 would want to read one.

We don’t live in a “Brave New World” dystopia, but it is perfectly clear that Huxley was far, far closer to the mark than Orwell. Anyway, the cartoon is a good way to introduce the comparison. “Amusing Ourselves To Death” is here; I haven’t read it in ages, but seeing this cartoon makes me think it bears re-reading.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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