The author of 1984, another dystopian novel. Yet Orwell’s dystopia is very different from Huxley’s, and portrays the end of free thought and speech as being the result of strict government repression and violent control. Postman’s book argues that Orwell was wrong: that the things we love are in fact much more dangerous than the things we hate.
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This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.
Related Characters:Aldous Huxley, George Orwell
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Postman begins his book by summarizing George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel 1984, as well as Aldous Huxley’s (also dystopian) 1932 novel Brave New...
Chapter 1: The Medium is the Metaphor
...determined by 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,...
Chapter 7: Now…This
“For all his perspicacity, George Orwell would have been stymied by this situation; there is nothing ‘Orwellian’ about it,” Postman says....
Chapter 9: Reach Out and Elect Someone
This is Orwell’s mistake, says Postman: failing to recognize that the government would not be the ones responsible...
Chapter 11: The Huxleyan Warning
...by which the spirit of a culture 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...
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