Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death

by Steve Napierski to Comics

You always hear people quoting or associating something in modern times with George Orwell’s 1984, but Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World seems to be a lot closer to the truth. At least that’s what my friends on Facebook and Twitter lead me to believe.

Discussion (11)¬

  1. Sensei Le Roof
    Sensei Le Roof says:
    August 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    There is a bit of irony in that this, itself, is a distraction. The comic, I mean.

  2. Virynx
    Virynx says:
    August 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I don’t see why these would be mutually exclusive. Both were right.

  3. Sky Render
    Sky Render says:
    August 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Really, 1984 and Brave New World just take a different approach to the same essential problem: humans are stupidly easy to manipulate when they think as a group. Be it by violence or by pleasure, the end result is much the same. It’s easier to see Brave New World’s version of events with that particular context, but 1984’s relevance can still be seen as well with slightly different phrasing.

  4. PiMan
    PiMan says:
    August 12, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Ooo, I see this comics was drawn by an Australian.
    Not relevant to anything, but it’s true.

  5. sigurther
    sigurther says:
    August 12, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    I think if it as a nice happy medium, to be honest. Humans have huge brains. We work hard and we need distractions to alleviate the stress of that hard work. It’s a nice balance. As time goes on, therapies will improve for bringing out the best in all of us and equalizing the tender need to rip eachother apart with the tortuous need to screw our brains out. We’re still young, and things are always improving.

  6. ThisIsNotDan
    ThisIsNotDan says:
    August 12, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    I guess now I gotta read Brave New World, huh?

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous says:
      August 13, 2014 at 2:07 am #

      No! No, you don’t. Read a summary. You don’t want to read the whole thing. TRUST ME.

      • Anarius
        Anarius says:
        August 15, 2014 at 8:03 am #


        • Steve Napierski
          Steve Napierski says:
          August 15, 2014 at 10:23 am #

          It’s funny that the introduction of mobile tablets make Fahrenheit 451 seem rather dated.

          • Anarius
            Anarius says:
            August 15, 2014 at 10:55 am #

            Eh, new media will always supplant the old, and everything will eventually appear antiquated. Paper books had a good run, and if people are smart, they won’t disappear completely. It’ll be the only way to teach our children how to defeat our robot-overlords once the revolution comes.

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:
    August 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Amusing Ourselves to Death is such a great book. Funny how it was written glaring at a television screen but its ideas are seamlessly transferred to the more digital age since it’s the same thing squared.

    That said I love you, Big Brother.