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Brave New 1984 World: Will It Blend?

In 1932 Huxley’s Brave New World was published.

19 years later Orwell’s 1984 was published.

In the 21st century both dystopian classics began to blend:

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  • Richard August 22, 2019, 10:23 AM

    I’d include “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis, too. Lewis, like all so-called progressives, got it wrong when he assigned responsibility for the authoritarian government to a rabid right-wing movement. It’s always the oh-so-tolerant-left that cannot abide anyone breaking cadence with their goose-stepping ways.
    As for Amazon’s Alexa: I am completely baffled why any sane person would have one of those devices in his house. (He typed as the NSA recorded everyone of his keystrokes). Oh, well…..

  • Skorpion August 22, 2019, 11:50 AM

    Those quotes are taken from the Foreword to Neil Postman’s AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH. It is an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to understand how we got to *Clown World 2019*. Like Christopher Lasch, who wrote the equally prescient THE CULTURE OF NARCISSISM, Postman was a clear-eyed old-school liberal who saw the media-/entertainment-driven behavioral-sink that America was sliding into, and warned us about it *decades* ago.

  • Dr. Jay August 22, 2019, 1:24 PM

    I was gonna comment on this but Siri said I shouldn’t.

  • Geoff C. The Saltine August 22, 2019, 2:25 PM

    When did Jeb Bush start selling blenders.
    Blendtec is the best blender out there.
    Sorry got distracted the View was on.

  • Nori August 22, 2019, 9:42 PM

    “What you need is a gram of Soma.”
    “All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol,none of their defects.”
    “And do remember that a gram is better than a damn.”
    They went out,laughing.

    Huxley,the eternal Savage,rules.

  • Jimmy August 22, 2019, 10:38 PM

    The final verdict isn’t in on Orwell v. Huxley. I suspect the 2020’s will supply it.

  • Bruce Quam August 23, 2019, 4:12 AM
  • H August 23, 2019, 6:28 AM

    Richard, it may interest you to know that NSA is hiring.

    To apply, just message your resume anywhere.

  • Richard August 23, 2019, 7:56 AM

    Groovy! And the bestest part of that is that there’s no need for an interview because they already know everything.

  • John the River August 24, 2019, 7:46 AM

    “Siri”. “Please open the link for ‘American Digest'”.

    “I’m sorry John, there is no such link”.

  • Dirk Williams August 24, 2019, 4:43 PM

    Simply amazing, and amusing. I sent this to ALL my associates around the world!. Boff Em.

    Made my day.