1984 is dated – Huxley was right!

Posted: July 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Australian Independent Media Network

“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 the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”. In 1984, Huxley added…

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  1. mark delmege says:

    I dunno. Most people vote on impressions. Impressions of what they have heard and thought they’d seen – and that’s just how it is. Its not as if either major party has a powerful alternative vision.
    In one of those South American countries a rep of the ruling class intimated that they had a secret weapon – the Press and they owned it. Fortunately the opposition was still linked into community and other grass roots and union organisations and had an alternative vision of just what was right and how society was to be improved and they were able to mobilise and win the battle.
    The Press here is no less a secret weapon and they pump out the propaganda 24/7 and most people don’t realise they are playing with our heads. Unfortunately here both parties fight over pretty much the same ground and the only differences are in implementation.
    Lets be frank for once both parties have been thoroughly infiltrated and only those that conform to a particular world view are allowed to climb the internal ladder. We are not dumb out here – even in screenland. We know the differences are minimal no matter how they try to spin Product Differentiation – sure people vote one side or the other – but there is not a lot to get excited about. Neither rouse the senses or imagination of the majority. And as such they just go with the flow. It doesn’t take a lot to tip the scales this way or that, to influence or pick up enough swinging voters.

    Maybe the ALP could sell itself as the party which can provide two Prime Minister’s over the next term of Government. Some enterprising person could come up with an extra special long play track which ends with all the members of the Government changing seats.

  2. So what would stir you, Mark? What do you see as the issues?

  3. mark delmege says:

    I’ll get to that another time. Lets just say for now ‘ we have been infiltrated’ on every level.
    But on a different matter can I share some writing with you from another who I think/hope you might enjoy. I like his snaps too.

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