Aldous Huxley v. George Orwell: Death match

Holy crap, this is simultaneously the coolest and saddest thing I have ever seen. Aldous Huxley was super right.


  1. Wow. I'm totally blown away from that.

  2. Wow - I am a high school English teacher and I need to share this. It is so true and something I too have considered as I listen to my students tell me about how they hate books, they can't read books, they have never read a book. Bragging that they "sparknote" everything. No one in their family reads books (of course these are the loud mouthed illiterates) there are others who come from educated families.

    This just as TIME magazine comes out with an article on getting rid of summer vacation - which is when I write. It is not the vacation - it is the culture we live in that is ruining our country. It is a culture of excess and stupidity and this piece sums it up perfectly.

  3. So happy to see that Amusing Ourselves to Death is still being talked about. Published in 1985, it's becoming even more relevant as the distractions multiply. If you haven't read the book, get it now, read it and recommend it.

    And if you haven't read Brave New World, it's time for that, too. I re-read it a couple of years ago and the parallels to our own society are very scary (although as a novel it's quite flawed--you just have to look past that). Fahrenheit 451 makes similar points. Both are good reads for high school students or young adults.