Comparing George Orwell’s “1984″ to Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Postman then added that, “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 the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.”Social media offer us two choices: Orwell’s hell, or Huxley’s, MarketWatch, September 7, 2022
I’m Team Huxley all the way.
People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think. – A. H.
I can thank Donald Trump for at least one thing: That is, being the impetus behind my decision to abandon just about all social media and forsake you all here at my website.
For the most part I’m a better man for it because Trump and all his
idiotic minions cultish worshippers political supporters were driving me on the fast track to dark, warped places I had no desire to visit.
However, two years or so on, I do miss journaling* regularly here.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to re-engage with it like I used to.
But I’m trying.
At least I think often about trying.
I don’t really blame social media for all our societal ills like so many do.
As I see it, we will always look to blame who/whatever we can for the ignorant/dumb things we do that only we, ourselves, can possibly be responsible for doing.
Such as hating.
Or not accepting the truth.
Or even avoiding the truth.
Besides, we have allowed technology to debase and dumb us down at least since the invention of the printing press.
And there’s no turning back now.
And once our A.I. Overlords are in complete control, brains will no longer be optional.
They will be unnecessary.
Pun definitely intended.
*I still cannot reconcile myself to the word “blogging”.