Huxley vs. Orwell: The Webcomic

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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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55 thoughts on “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. 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

  3. 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?

  4. 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…

    1. Completely agree with your first two propositions. Reading Postman in the East Bloc in the ’90s, that became abundantly clear.

  5. 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.

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  7. 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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  10. All is true in every aspect as they both connot the current situation and our society that we live in its just realisation with a bit more “intellectual depiction on modern society both where right on every aspwct ” we are all slaves to our own desires we all want to fit in…

  11. Deserves a “why not both?” meme. As the great divide between my mother and father and their reasons for switching off shows (never mind my own reasons for doing so), the world is too complicated for one or the other to be wholly correct.

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  13. Both Orwell and Huxley are completely accurate in their predictions of the future. We live in a world full of drones, cameras, screens that provide endless monitoring of us, secret prisons and Big Brother “keeping us safe” from folks who may not even exist. We also live in a world awash in powerful mood altering drugs that are handed out like candy, a world full of mind numbing distractions and a world where people only care about fulfilling their base urges.

    One thing about 1984 most people forget is that it wasn’t ALL boot-on-the-face. While still under the boot, the Proles were largely ignored because they were too distracted with their pitiful lives and were kept too stupid to pose a threat even if they wanted to. Party Members (Inner & Outer) like Winston Smith were the most watched & most severely punished because they were smart enough to ask questions, seek the truth, or pose a threat. Fear also worked better on them because they were capable of understanding the risks involved with having “bad” thoughts. This is mirrored in life today. Ask too many questions, expose the truth, pose a threat to the established order, and you’ll be targeted for a trip to Room 101. (Just ask Winston SmithBradley Manning or Emmanuel Goldstein Edward Snowden)

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