May 25th, 2009 | Published in Culture
Stuart McMillen has created an interesting cartoon based on the foreword of Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death.
I agree that Huxley was closer to our future than Orwell — though it was a hard thing to predict, because it depended on whether communism or capitalism would win. Thankfully, capitalism did, and our “fate” is to revel in our own pleasure instead of being controlled by a despotic empire.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take our pseudo-Huxlian future over an Orwellian one any day. It gives freedom to those who want it, and allows slavery to those who need it.