Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Aldous Huxley vs George Orwell

Given the choice between an information glut (Huxley) and deprivation (Orwell), I choose glut with no hesitation. The real fear behind Huxley's dooms day view is that people will just stop being citizen watch dogs overwhelmed with the amount of information to sift through. Once pacified the government would have a free hand. Orwell feared that the government would misinform or otherwise prevent those who would want to act as watch dogs from doing so by blocking the relevant information. The government would then have a free hand. In that context, the choice is clear.

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