„We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited bynightmares.
But we had forgotten that alongside's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling:'s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, anddid not prophesy the same thing. warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.
Whatfeared were those who would ban books. Whatfeared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. feared those who would deprive us of information. feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. feared that the truth would be concealed from us. feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. feared we would become a captive culture. feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. Asremarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "." In 1984, added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, feared that what we fear will ruin us. feared that what we desire will ruin us.
This book is about the possibility that, not, was right.“
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business