Inundated with information
We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.
But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. 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.
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.
This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.
I am also doing a writing on being so Inundated with so much information that it numbs us to what we are able to receive in our culture these days
A plan of the enemy is to inundate us with so much information it loses relevance
The average attention span of an adult was 8 mins in 2009 and in 2019 it is now down to around 6
We have lost the ability to slowdown and meditate and process what we take in
Pull up get it and gone we are so glued to phones and devices and information that we lose the importance of what is most important
If we are overwhelmed with information we become distracted and ineffective because we are dumbed down because we don’t take the time to know what we think on a situation we begin to let the opinions of others become ours
It is paralyzing our minds in effect that is why things are far different than they used to be in society because the thinker and ones ability to think for themselves has been neutralized
My grandfather knew what he believed and stood for because he had thought about it he used to say you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything