Huxley Vs George Orwell Analysis

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Neil Postman believes our society is closer to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than George Orwell’s 1984 because of our society’s addiction to television. Huxley feared that no one would want to read books and that people would become passive and egotistical. He dreaded the day that the truth would carry little power and pleasure and love would control the public. Huxley’s worries become terrifying realities when one observes how much television has overtaken the American people’s lives. Ridiculous television statistics, youth corruption, and the need for “TV Turnoff Week” prove that television is an evil. Americans waste too many hours watching television. Trubey states that the average American youth spends one thousand five hundred hours…show more content…
Steven Johnson argues that today’s shows make viewers follow many plots, sub-plots, and characters, allowing for more mental stimulation, and as a result makes them smarter. Granted, contemporary shows provide more opportunities for mental deduction and speculation of future events than programs in the past, but Americans are still wasting their time watching television. Whether or not the shows “make them smarter” is not a scientifically proven fact, and there have been twelve medical studies since 1985 linking excessive television watching to increasing rates of obesity (Johnson, Trubey). Although scientists have not proven that watching television makes you smarter, scientists confirm that television leads to obesity. One might try reading a book while on an exercise bike, training the body and mind. Neil Postman was correct in his “crazy” predictions. Television corrupts the nation’s youth and wastes the children’s lives. Simply the fact that there is a need for “TV Turnoff Week” hints to lifestyle problems. Parents cannot let Huxley’s fears for the future come true. Children must want to read books, demand truth, and refuse to let the things Americans love ruin America. Together, America can overcome the monster that is

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