Censorship In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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The concentration of power in the hands of a select few often results in corruption and censorship. An example of this occurring is depicted in the dystopian novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, in which satire is utilized to present a utopia dictated by a totalitarian government, universal happiness and extreme technological advancements. Set in London decades into the future, life is scientifically balanced, efficiently controlled, and allows for no personal emotions or individual responses. Citizens are strongly discouraged to speak out against the status quo and are threatened with being exiled. Similarly, in society today, and especially on the Internet, dissenting opinions are strongly frowned upon and discouraged. Often manipulative and sneaky, private corporations are capable of sorting and blacklisting certain pieces of media, news or opinions that do not fit their…show more content…
The elimination of problematic opinions in Brave New World and the backhanded censoring of online content in the twenty first century are similar because they both limit freedom of thought, speech and individuality.
The suppression of individuality starts in the bottle in Huxley’s demented future. During Bokanovsky’s process, dozens of eggs are engineered in a lab to produce identical embryos and the controllers lump these variations of twins into castes. In addition, citizens are conditioned to buy into the rules of society through hypnopaedia, where phrases are repeatedly whispered into the ears of young children while they are sleeping. The government is a totalitarian force that banishes people to remote islands for having ideas that could motivate the masses to question society. This is most apparent in Chapter 12, when World Controller Mustapha Mond is reading a paper titled “A
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