“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley and “1984” by George Orwell are two of the most well-known dystopian novels, each painting a bleak picture of a future society controlled by a totalitarian regime. While both novels depict a world where individual freedom is curtailed, they approach the theme in different ways, with “Brave New World” focusing on a society where people are manipulated into compliance through pleasure and conditioning, while “1984” portrays a world where fear, surveillance, and brute force are used to maintain control.Continue reading
Surprisingly however (or not) Wikipedia’s entry for ‘Historical Revisionism (Negationism)’ doesn’t include any references to itself.
However I suspect that I’ll enjoy Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World‘, when I eventually get around to reading it (although I didn’t get on with his ‘The Doors of Perception (1954)‘ which I read half-heartedly at 14).
I appear to have read, and own, an unhealthy amount of the material on Wikipedia’s list of dystopian literature – strangely my favourite author of ‘unsettling’ dystopian fiction, J. G. Ballard, doesn’t make the list at all – perhaps because Ballard focuses on the dysfunctional present and our dystopian modernity rather than a far flung fiction.
So is Wikipedia the symbol and reminder of our current dystopian situation or a of the good that can be derived from the “Hive Mind” and it’s approach to collectively working together to break down social, intelectual and technical problems ?
Of course the real truth is that for all the good that Wikipedia does it is still the great ‘Lowest Common Denominator‘ in many cases – and perhaps this isn’t such as bad thing as long as people are aware of it’s limitations, using it accordingly – long may it (and it descendants) reign.
- Recovered link: https://horkan.com/2007/09/10/dystopia-wikipedia-historical-revisionism-negationism
- Archived link: https://web.archive.org/web/20100715133815/http://blogs.sun.com/eclectic/entry/dystopia_wikipedia_historical_revisionism_negationism
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