Monday, October 19, 2009

Amusing Ourselves to Death

A Great book that I recommend highly (although a bit dated) is Neil Postman's "Amusiong ourselves to Death" I was rereading this week in preperatiuon for the sermon and was struck again by this quote inthe introduction.  (Postman is comparing to opposite views of the futrue - Orwell's "1984" & Huxley's "Brave New World)
You tell me which one is more accurate

"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 that 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 bumble-puppy. 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."

Also check out the illustrated version of this quote here:



  2. love your insight