Utopia In Aldous Huxley's 'Six Assertions'

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How a Utopia compares to present day In the novel Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, we are presented with a society that is abnormal from our own modern day society because of their technological advancements and different life perspectives. Although our society and the “World State” are very different, Huxley relates the two worlds throughout the novel with several meaningful quotes. Social critic Neil Postman, in his “Six Assertions”, talks about many of the topics in Brave New World and whether or not they are relevant in today’s society. Postman shows this by providing quotes from the novel and those quotes are compared to our society in the following essay. Some of the assertions that Postman discusses are technology advancement and…show more content…
Postman is telling his readers that the media can be fixed in a way where it is not always to just inform, but to persuade. In present day society, we are shown how people can be told what to think with the “fake news’ that was spread around in 2016 presidential election. Fake news was spread around, and now president, Donald Trump, was target of this fake news, whose goal was persuade voters to vote for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. In chapter two of Brave New World, Huxley writes: “The mind that judges and desire and decides-made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions... Suggestions from the State” (21). What Huxley implies here is that the minds of the citizens are controlled by the state with certain technology, like soma. People are controlled in the World State by the soma, and with fake news, our news channels are controlling our own people of what to think. We are no longer coming up with our own ideas, rather we are being given them to benefit others. Later on in the book, Huxley talks about the disadvantages of technology. Huxley states thats “technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards”(200). What the author is trying to say is that with all technological
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