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In many respects the society has definitely moved in the directions envisaged by Aldous Huxley in his novel Brave New World. But on the whole the situation is not as bleak as made out to be in the novel.
To begin with demonstrated failure of totalitarian regimes like the erstwhile U.S.S.R. means that there is much reduced possibility that the world will be governed by an all powerful administration in which individuals will be just like puppets in their hands.
Biggest problems today very different from the ones foreseen by Huxley. For example, one of the most serious problem that humanity is trying to solve is of environmental pollution. There are no clearly visible solutions to these problems. However, I have faith in human ingenuity to meet these challenges.
Also the class differences are still there, but the discrepancies between classes is reducing. Also the need for labour force with partially developed mental capacity is one prediction which is widely off the mark. The assembly line environment of Ford has now moved to the environment of Toyota Production System, which relies more and more on physical as well as mental capabilities of the total work force.
Aldous Huxley's vision of society is closer to being realized. Huxley's "A Brave New World" predicts the future of society, and the media and technology provide evidence of that realization about that future.
Huxley asserted that what we love will ruin us. By inflicting too much pleasure we will self-destruct. The media, responding to our demands, inflicts pleasure. A flip through cable stations produces MTV (music videos), HSN (Home Shopping Network), GTV (golf),, where one can sit for 24 hours a day and be hypnotized by the endless, scrolling of channel listings and broadcasts. Even on such informative stations like PBS, CNN and The Discovery Channel, we are mesmerized by detailed accounts of the latest news happenings, a crime story, a documentary, or the latest in sports.
Especially our love for gore and death and the bad guy as well as our fascination with the Packers, the Oscars and The Office, combine to desensitize us to the realities of a modern world. We don't cringe at mangled dead bodies, we slow down to look at a traffic accident.
We spend millions of dollars (never mind the homeless) to advertise during a football game. This constant flood of information about things we love blurs the line between cognition and hypnosis, morality and immorality. This constant flood renders us impossible to distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad--it is all televised, printed, e-mailed, and put on instant replay. Only when we are awake and aware of the realities and boundaries that we must confine ourselves to can we truly prevent self-destruction.
The Internet is a striking example of too much information. Huxley asserted that no one would want to read a book. A quick visit to www.amazon.com proves him correct. I can read the first two chapters of a novel on-line, and if I really like it, I can go to audible.com and download it on audio. Why read when other people can read to me? The Internet has unfortunately, more than "books." I can order a sweater from A & F. (paid for by any number of credit cards available to me) and send my mom a Mother's Day Card. All brought to me by Yahoo and a MacBook.
Huxley's prediction of the truth being drowned in a sea of irrelevance has been realized. Truth is shrouded by circuses of CourtTV and those who claim they saw Elvis last Tuesday. People have ‘failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distraction." And with a change of 2 letters and 41 years, distraction has become destruction.
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