Amusing Ourselves to Death: Foreward

Orwell wrote about Big Brother. He feared those who would imprison us and burn our books.

Aldous Huxley (is this the same Huxley who was convicted as a spy?), however, wrote Brave New World. He feared that books would not need to be banned because no one would read them. He did not fear the concealment of truth, he feared its burial in a sea of irrelevance. 

In 1984 … 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.


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