Thursday, September 15, 2005

Huxley 1, Orwell 0

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

by Neil Postman

i really enjoyed this book. it told me everything i wanted to hear. the dueling prophesies of Brave New World v. 1984 was the theme throughout. In the end, soma wins because entertainment is more powerful and convincing than blatant fascism.

the oppressors are standing behind the green curtain, except we can't even see the curtain. it saddens me that still photography is half to blame for the creation of television (telegraphy is the other half). it surprises and pleases me that even though this country was founded by puritans, they were intellectuals, and reading was very important to them. even though it was to read the bible, you have to start somewhere.

the solutions offered by this book were a little vague, but nonetheless inspiring. we have to expose television as just another instinct tickler, and at the control of corrporate interests, it does nothing good for you. only the money interested shareholders. down with television!


Blogger cole said...

huxley deserves another point for 'point, counterpoint' an awesome book

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