Huxley on Facebook

From Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, pp. 155-56:

What Huxley teaches is that in the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one who countenance exudes suspicion and hate. In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is re-defined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.

The “serious public conversation” as “a form of baby-talk” is what one sees in the competitive sport of discussing the issue du jour on someone’s Facebook wall, is it not?

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