Brave New Digital World

“Yesterday, your opium dreams belonged to you. Today, they belong to everyone else. Social media are the opium dens of the 21st century.” - Jeff Einstein

We are watching Aldous Huxley’s dystopian vision of a Brave New World controlled by state-sanctioned addiction unfold right before our eyes…

Brave New Digital World
Video Transcript:

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution. – Aldous Huxley

We are watching Huxley’s dystopian vision of a Brave New World controlled by state-sanctioned addiction unfold right before our eyes. And sure enough, we rather enjoy it. The only surprise is that the operative pharmacological agents he warned against aren’t delivered in pill or other physical form, and we don’t call them soma or heroin or crystal meth or crack.  They’re delivered in bits and bytes instead, and we call them media. — Jeff Einstein

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4 thoughts on “Brave New Digital World”

  1. Very perceptive! Have read/ studied Orwell and Huxley and am distressed at what is developing. At 58 ( and no Luddite) those in my immediate age cohort have clearly dropped the ‘question authority’ and have embraced the silly devices and their attendant messages with an enthusiasm that I find sickening. What’s more, this ‘adoption’ and ‘no questions asked’ behaviour has seduced the next generation(s) into thinking there is nothing wrong at all with spending nearly half their week swiping a screen. Just the time waste and opportunity cost alone suggest psychopathy and while in this compromised state, any message(s) designed to subvert critical thinking will be a fait accompli.

    1. Thank you for your comment and observations, Mark. There can be no critical thinking when no one takes the time to think, when all of our time is consumed by our meta-addiction to all things media and all things digital. I hope you will take a few minutes to read my essay (more a manifesto), The Rise of Fascism in a Brave New Digital World. I’d love your feedback, and many thanks once again.

    1. Thank you, Keith. Yes, been incubating and refining the message for a number of years while the rest of the world caught up. I’d love to talk to you at some point about your Work Mindfulness at some point when you have the time. Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing you on the 26th at the Open Center.

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