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In Brave New World, what predictions did the author make that came true?

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In response to your question, I particularly like one of the writing prompts from College Board (See the citation below).  Clearly, Aldous Huxley’s vision of the modern world was reasonable if not prophetic. He suggested several possible consequences of human progress. He suggests that humans will be so consumed with pleasure and distractions that they will become apathetic and passive. His visions of our world have proven to be generally true.

 Computers, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, e-book readers, and smart phones have provided us with many means of communication. However, many believe that these technological advances have produced a culture in which instant communication is preferred to thoughtful and deliberate exchanges between people. These innovative and creative forms of communication have stifled (and in some cases eliminated) the need for individuals to communicate clearly with one another.

 Pleasure-seeking is rampant in today’s world. Drug abuse, greed, and materialism indicate that people are concerned with selfish endeavor and that compassion is waning. Enormous debt, big-screen televisions, and smart phones contribute to the declining sense of personal responsibility within our population. Rather than spend our lives engaged in practical and altruistic services to others, we selfishly seek fulfillment of our every desire.

 The number of distractions in our culture today is endless. People worldwide spend more time watching sports programs, playing video games, texting on the phone, exchanging with others on social networks, and participating in recreational activities than they do in academic activities such as reading. Huxley understood that these pleasures and distractions would shift our focus from important issues.

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