- “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books.
for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
- Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information.
that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.
- Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us.
- Orwell feared we would become a captive culture.
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, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain.
In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.
- In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us.
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
(New York, Penguin, 1985)