In the 1920s, the influential American intellectual Walter Lippman argued that the average person was incapable of seeing or understanding the world clearly and needed to be guided by experts behind the social curtain. Read More
Our present dystopia resembles Huxley’s Brave New World in many ways, but in other ways it bears a striking resemblance to Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Witness mass surveillance and the complete loss of privacy. How can we escape the matrix of propaganda and lies?
THEY IMAGINED DYSTOPIA
George Orwell (left) and Aldous Huxley (right)
In 1984, George Orwell paints a picture of a dark, gray world. People are afraid to say anything contrary to the official party line, and surveillance is universal. Even thinking contrary to the party is a crime, and thoughtcrimes may be treated by radical psychological intervention. Information is closely controlled by the party media, and the historical record is routinely edited, so as to conform to the latest party statements.