Huxley vs. Orwell: The Webcomic

by Biblioklept

Stuart McMillen’s webcomic adapts (and updates) Postman’s famous book-length essay, Amusing Ourselves to Death, which argues that Aldous Huxley’s vision of the future in Brave New World was ultimately more accurate than the one proposed by George Orwell in 1984. (Via).

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47 Responses to “Huxley vs. Orwell: The Webcomic”

  1. Very insightful.
    I think both have elements of truth to them without a doubt.

    Huxley may have been more on the head in terms of todays culture. But culture doesn’t pervade for long before something new comes along.

    We are definitely a world of dsitractees – but then, people don’t want to read about why the government wants to spy on our internet activity. They want safe and soft, win tickets to the big weekend, Footballer’s wife loses 1lb – from here nose!

  2. Orwell was right about those who are in power or seeking power and Huxley was right about the culture that allows them to get and remain in power.

  3. Silliman’s Blog. Solid gold. Added to bookmarks.

  4. If I remember correctly, Orwell sent 1984 to Huxley, who replied politely that while it was an interesting book, BNW would be our real future

  5. I’d say both were right

    We are addicted ad what we love kind of ruin us in a way?

    We see censorship increasing. Look going to a library to read books kind of have a limited range, while with internet the range is bigger, so why access to book online have been getting harder since internet could be the biggest library of actuality? What about mass media and govern censorship of information?

    What about the war of information and misinformation?

  6. Thought-provoking.

    In the western world, Huxley’s view has held up (e.g. the US). In dictatorial/autocratic societies, Orwell’s (e.g. North Korea). In religiously-dominated societies a separate vision is appropriate. Has anyone written a Brave New World/1984 dystopian view of a world dominated by religion?

    I guess there’s always 2012, the classic album by Rush – where art and culture and has been banned by a monastic government until a young man or boy with a ludicrously high-pitched voice (Geddy Lee) finds a guitar which miraculously he tunes and works out how to play…

  7. How about Fahrenheit 451 ?

  8. Reblogged this on The Peerless and commented:
    What Orwell feared the most eventually became reality.

  9. Reblogged this on Ficción y/o Realidad and commented:
    Muy interesante!

  10. Reblogged on Ad Astra – website devoted to promoting political comics!

  11. Bit of a misrepresentation. The aim of 1984 was the depiction of and a study into a perfect totalitarian regime, not necessarily the depiction of the legitimate future of world politics, and least of all, the lifestyles of people in a capitalist society. The very order of the names in the title should speak of a hefty authorial bias toward one man.

  12. As a future high school English teacher, I’m very interested in incorporating this webcomic into a lesson plan. Opening the debate to my students would be an excellent opportunity for them. I would love to have this as a poster to hang in my classroom. Do you have such a product available anywhere or are you interested in making such a product available?


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