Neil Postman noted that the great fear of George Orwell, as conveyed in his novel 1984, was of a day when there might be those who would ban books. Aldous Huxley’s portrait of the future in Brave New World was more prescient; Huxley feared that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
— James Emery White, from A Mind for God, kindle location 275
In the introduction to his thoughtful book Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in an Age of Show Business, Neil Postman explains that the purpose of his book, published in 1985, was to reflect, not on Orwell’s chilling prophecy for the previous year, but on the slightly earlier vision of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, whose account of dystopia is not as well-known in our day, perhaps because it is more critical of the media than of government. Continue reading