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amusing ourselves to death

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 in News | 0 comments
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…thinking about art, spectacle, creativity, engagement, future, beauty…

Can spectacle be reconsidered, beyond entertainment, as a re-enchanting tool? How?

 

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From Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

 

[…] What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared

was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no

one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of

information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we

would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth

would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in

a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture.

Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some

equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal

bumblepuppy.

 

As Huxley re marked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and

rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take

into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984,

Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New

World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell

feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love

will ruin us. […]

 

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