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The Downside Of Technology Exposed In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

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In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley tries to show that the role of technology in society can be used in a way that it could have a negative impact. As seen in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the conditioning technology is used to control the people of the World State and restrict them from doing things through its use. Aldous Huxley tries to warn us that technology can be used to gain control of everything.
The use of technology in Brave New World is used to control the people through the use of conditioning. To begin with, hypnopaedia conditioning is used to control what the people will do in the society. When the tour is going on, the students learn that “Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they’re so frightfully clever. I’m really awfully glad I’m Beta, because I don’t work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. And Epsilons are still worse. They are too stupid to be able….” (Huxley 22). This shows that all the people are conditioned in a way to enjoy the life that has been pre-determined for them. This shows how the people are totally restricted to choose what they want to do as it has already been planned out for them, taking away from the idea of personal freedom and a person’s individuality. Next, conditioning is used to instill likes and dislikes in the people from the different castes. When a student puts his hand up to ask a question “he could see quite well why you couldn’t have lower-caste people wasting the community’s time over books, and that there was always a risk of their reading something which might undesirably decondition [them]” (18). This shows that different castes were conditioned differently in terms of likes and dislikes so that it does not bring upon any conflicts. This also shows how they are being controlled as they are not being allowed to make their own decisions. This depicts another way of how technology is used to control the society. Furthermore, conditioning is used to maintain the stability of the World State. When Lenina and Henry were on their date “[she] did not forget to take all the contraceptive precautions prescribed by the regulations. Years of intensive hypnopaedia and, from twelve to seventeen, Malthusian drill three times a week had made the taking of [them] automatic”...

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