Orwell vs Huxley

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Postman Essay
Society was greatly under the influence of the work of Orwell’s 1984, entranced by its cryptic message it left on people. The effect from this novel left them in panic and shock. Neil Postman, a contemporary social critic was a person who derailed this myth and emphasized upon the equally horrible societal values of Huxley’s Brave New World to base his assertions on. This potential downturn is enforced by our society’s laziness and lack of any knowledge of our history, which could further drag us as a populace to the inevitable of the horrible society that Huxley has sculpted, the loving oppression that starkly contrasts to Orwell’s less irrelevant oppression under force.

Work is often the bane of many people’s existence in our society, but why else would man invent the alarm clock, Picasso once said. Our society is extremely lazy, for we must “take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” Modern innovations such as the television only aided in intensifying this effect. Television shows such as Honey Boo Boo garnered more views than the Republican Convention itself when it first aired, showing the obvious ignorance and inherent laziness of our society. If we succumb to this same laziness, it only makes it easier as a population for the government to control and abuse us for an innumerable amount of time, easily taking advantage of our potential unfamiliarity of current events and other important news, thus, making us, a gullible society, an easy target for the government to pin down through the greatest pleasures as defined by Huxley’s Brave New World. In addition, our society is immature and young, defined by their constant quarrels of each other, and for reprehensible reasons to support. For as long as humans existed, as an advanced race, we could never attain a high level of peace and prosperity for extended durations of time with one another, only working for the benefit of themselves and not on a common goal. Such...
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