This week, we compare Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World, establishing the dystopian continuum. One thrives by destruction and focused war hysteria, the other goes by ceaseless activity and dissipated passion. Both smother science, both employ “go with the flow” to keep everyone in line. Both are satire, as we can’t take the truth straight.
This, episode 3 of 3 on Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, is about the tyranny of stability and happiness. We explore what happens if you get everyone to get together and play along to a script and, because they can’t think for themselves, what happens when a new script is substituted. On thinking for yourself as knowing how to do the homework for yourself so class can go on, even if the teacher keels over.
This is episode 2 of 3 on Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Against a tide of corrupted notions of oneness and unity, two characters hold their individuality. They have what others around them do not have: an interior life. Dystopia is a counterfeit of an ideal life, not a polar opposite. Why do you keep the genius and not snuff him out? So he can help you steer when things go wrong.
This is our first episode on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Humanity is brutally engineered to love happiness and stability, hacking natural feelings happens before rational thought begins, and in all of it, humanity is lessened. This is the opposite end of Nineteen Eighty-Four: your mind is controlled before you can even think with it. At least it’s happy, right?
The third and final episode for this series on George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Arrests, purges, and executions are central to the continuation of Party rule. Totalitarianism makes humanity the beginning, middle, and end of life, and it’s awful: it even abolishes science! Crime and punishment are no more as the mind is to be changed by any means necessary before it is blown out.