Orwell and Huxley - Together Again

Remember that important thing, about that movie and the North Koreans? Kind of? Yeah, I know that was so last year.

Here is an on-point essay about how our amnesiac culture, The Interview and that place where Orwell and Huxley face each other across a no-man's land.


Our entire culture’s spikes of intensity and forgetfulness over both the superfluous and the truly profound demonstrate that the problem extends far beyond L.A. County. In his classic lamentAmusing Ourselves to Death — growing only more timely as the years progress — Neil Postman opens by comparing the dystopian views of George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World:

"Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity, and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think."

Korea is where 1984 and Brave New World meet at the DMZ. Those famous images of the peninsula at night say a lot. There’s darkness and Big Brother to the north. Yeonmi Park, a survivor of the brutal regime, found relief in the prophetic pen of Orwell. She says of 1984, “A lot of people think it’s just a novel, just fiction, but it tells the truth. It is the real story.” To the south in Seoul is one of the most glittering, rich and distracted cities in the world. The south has no gulags, but it does have hospitals dedicated to treating thousands for addictions to the internet and video games.