Final Socratic Seminar
Brave New World.
Utopia vs. Dystopia:
Limits the citizen's lifestyle. The residents are born into a permanent caste system, all the citizens are at the absolute mercy of 10 World Controllers, and they are conditioned and brainwashed into emotionless cyborgs. The castes are divided into Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons. Each individual caste is then broken down into sub levels, for instance (from lowest to highest): Alphas can have Alpha minus, Alpha, Alpha Plus, and Alpha Double Plus. The lower castes, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilons, are to undergo the Bokanovsky Process. The process is applied during the late stages of embryological development as the egg is being split into two identical twins. The purpose of the cloning is to create a huge work force of low level citizens. Their high level counterparts will undergo normal fertilization and development, resulting in tall, handsome, intelligent, and strong breeds of Alphas or Betas. The World State is in an absolute dictatorship society, where everything is being manipulated according to the wishes of each respective Controller. This alone outlines the general characteristic of a dystopian society, where a small handful of men govern the entire world according to their beliefs and values. The Controllers will decided on the rules and laws, they also have the ability of creating propaganda and censorship. The purpose is to make sure everyone is happy, and prevent the ebb and flow of the economy. "Community, Identity, Stability".
The citizens are brainwashed into an invaluable part of a stable economy. DYSTOPIA:
A dystopia is the opposite of a utopia. It’s the vision of a society that has bad living conditions, e.g. poverty, oppression, violence or disease.
The use of technology to control society:
Brave New World warns of the dangers of giving the state control over new and powerful technologies. One illustration of this theme is the rigid control of...
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