Amusing Ourselves to Death

Aldous Huxley Character Analysis

The Author of Brave New World, a dystopian novel about the demise of culture. Huxley’s book imagines a future world where the things we love destroy us: our desire to be entertained, to be shallowly happy, results in the virtual elimination of thought itself. Postman’s book suggests that Huxley’s account will be proven right if we are not more mindful of how we interact with media.

Aldous Huxley Quotes in Amusing Ourselves to Death

The Amusing Ourselves to Death quotes below are all either spoken by Aldous Huxley or refer to Aldous Huxley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Foreward Quotes

This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.

Related Characters: Aldous Huxley, George Orwell
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Chapter 6 Quotes

Had Irving Berlin changed one word in the title of his celebrated song [There’s No Business like Show Business], he would have been as prophetic, albeit more terse, as Aldous Huxley. He need only have written, There's No Business But Show Business.

Related Characters: Aldous Huxley
Page Number: 98
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Chapter 11 Quotes

Brave New World was not that they were laughing instead of thinking, but that they did not know what they were laughing about and why they had stopped thinking.

Related Characters: Aldous Huxley
Page Number: 163
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Aldous Huxley Character Timeline in Amusing Ourselves to Death

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Foreward
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...begins his book by summarizing George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel 1984, as well as Aldous Huxley’s (also dystopian) 1932 novel Brave New World. Postman points out that these authors, though they... (full context)
Chapter 1: The Medium is the Metaphor
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...the form of the media that presents it. Postman believes that McLuhan, like Orwell and Huxley, “spoke in the tradition of prophecy.” Postman was once a student of McLuhan, and he... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Age of Show Business
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...Business like Show Business], he would have been as prophetic, albeit more terse, as Aldous Huxley. He need only have written, There's No Business But Show Business.” (full context)
Chapter 7: Now…This
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...would have been stymied by this situation; there is nothing ‘Orwellian’ about it,” Postman says. Huxley, on the other hand, would not be surprised in the least at the current state... (full context)
Chapter 11: The Huxleyan Warning
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...may be shriveled,” Postman says. “In the first—the Orwellian—culture becomes a prison. In the second—the Huxleyan—culture becomes a burlesque.” For Orwell, the danger comes from people full of hatred and resentment,... (full context)