I think this book has immense amount of value to present day readers. Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World, is trying to illustrate the consequences of individuality, dependence of technology and its real purpose, and the future warnings of what our society is becoming.
Being an individual in a society like in Brave New World is seen as strange, unacceptable and it breeds instability. John the savage questions the ways of this dystopia and challenges it. John believes that instability, being your own person with a unique set of beliefs is a better way to live. Mustapha Mond however agrees to disagree. He says, "You can't make flivers without steel and you can't make tragedies without social instability. The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get. They're well off; they're sage; they're never ill; they're not afraid of death; they're ...view middle of the document...
There is, however, a big distinction from the usage of technology in present day and in the book. In the book, technology is used as a control over people and keeps the society stable but powerless against the World State. Technology is used to keep everyone together, the opposite effect it has on present people. People are so dependent on technology, trying so hard to keep in touch with people long and short distance. People now have the power of communication but also consumerism is taking hold of us and possibly in the book as well. Civilians in real life today and in the book are "conditioned" to buy new products. For example in Brave New World, Huxley claims that "Ending is better than mending…the more stitches, the less riches" (Huxley 35). In real life, brand new iPhones and other smart phones are always coming out and promoting their products. The goal is to get people to buy a brand new smart phone with better features and have everyone believe new phones are much better than keeping your old one, just as new that came out only a year ago.
In the Dumbest Generation written by Mark Bauerlein, he states that technology has had a profound effect on our lives. He argues hat our young generation constantly needs to feel connected to everyone or we stand out. We stray from tradition family values such as sitting at the table with your family free of outside distractions. However, in the book, it's quite the opposite. Technology is crucial, all traditional "old" generation values are thrown out the window per se. We stray from developing relationships and bonds with people that "avoidance" of a close bond to others.
From confronting the effects of identity to focusing on staying connected with people far away rather than people near us, Huxley has forewarned us that we are on the verge to becoming a Huxleyan society, a world in which we have no control over anything anymore.