Orwell & Huxley

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A collection of thoughts from Neil Postman

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“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 remarked 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.'”
~ Amusing Ourselves To Death

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“Everything in our background has prepared us to know and resist a prison when the gates begin to close around us . . .

But what if there are no cries of anguish to be heard? Who is prepared to take arms against a sea of amusements? To whom do we complain, and when, and in what tone of voice, when serious discourse dissolves into giggles? What is the antidote to a culture’s being drained by laughter?”
~ Amusing Ourselves To Death

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“Our politics, religion, news, athletics, education and commerce have been transformed into congenial adjuncts of show business, largely without protest or even much popular notice. The result is that we are a people on the verge of amusing ourselves to death.”
~ Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves To Death

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility. … Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.”
~ Amusing Ourselves To Death

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“If parents wish to preserve childhood for their own children, they must conceive of parenting as an act of rebellion against culture.”
~ Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future

“One way of looking at the history of the human group is that it has been a continuing struggle against the veneration of ‘crap.'”

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  1. Mark R. Elsis | Lovearth.net

     /  January 20, 2014

    You should release only one blog a day. Otherwise it becomes overkill. And I enjoy your work.

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  2. anonn

     /  January 20, 2014

    We are bombarded each day with so much info, so many are sucked into X factor football
    big brother and cookery programmes, all total hogwashing stinking bullshit
    we get no real news other than what we get from some sites on the net like this one

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    • Thank you anon. There are many now expressing the JWO. I am grateful for the amazing sites I am able to visit. S

      Thank you for contributing

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  3. Disclaimer: My site is a work in progress so if you got there be aware of that.

    I just wanted to personally thank you digger for being able to synthisize your thoughts and emotions down to some simple easily understood blog posts that can be used to inspire and assist us in this spiritual warfare we are waging.

    Thank you thank you thank you.

    Peace

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  4. Reblogged this on nfotainment.

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