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The Huxley Vision: Weapons Of Mass Distraction

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Humanity has always been fascinated by books which provide us with an apocalyptic view of the future. The destruction of a nation; the fall of our government—or in Huxley’s vision, its rise to power in formidable ways. As Huxley puts it, “the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance…[and humanity] would be reduced to passivity and egoism.” In contemporary America, Huxley’s pessimistic, yet already-fulfilled prophecy illustrates how both the government and ourselves are at fault—as we are deliberately aware of the things which he describes but nonetheless, choose to let his ideas become a reality, rather than a ludicrous view of the future.
The distractions in entertainment are colossal, scandalous, and readily available. Websites such as CNN continuously endorse this vision; as one is frequently able to see headlines such as ‘Syrian Government in Crisis,’ along the likes of ‘Kanye West Settles Lawsuit for Aggravated Assault.’ In corporate America, websites, newspapers, and television programming are no longer interested in providing factual information, because as Dan Gainor explains in America Distracted, “it’s not sexy to talk about missiles aiding Al Qaeda, and so thousands of websites around the country don’t.” (O’Neil) America is aware that issues surrounding our country and foreign policy are pessimistic and somber, therefore, we allow government officials to ‘oversee it,’ because preoccupying ourselves about Miley Cyrus twerking is more applicable to our daily lives. Even ‘accredited’ news sources such as ABC World News rarely deliver what they promote: exhaustive and unbiased political coverage of world affairs. Full of internet clips, and celebrity headlines, the half-hour program dedicates less than 10 minutes to providing actual world news. Countless articles have been written about the role which the media partakes in distracting us from the White House; yet Business Insider reported in a 2012 article that “people are not interested in Washington’s political agendas” and consequently, television media companies choose to dedicate “the most coveted time slots” to programming which Americans find pertinent to their social or cultural lives. Even in the sports industry, the massive attention which sporting events such as the Super Bowl, or World Series achieve is astounding. As Benito Suarez notes in Sports, The Greatest Hypnotic Distraction?, the “sports platform provides a false reassurance and comfort for fans, assuring them that everything is great; [that] everything is under control”. (WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD HERE?)
The quest for privacy and security has always been a long and arduous one, as America’s citizens “no longer care” about the lack of integrity which the American government is showing towards its citizens (Sullivan). “When you have it, you don’t notice it. Only when it’s gone do you wish you’d done more to protect it.” Sullivan explains in Privacy under attack, but does anybody care?. After the National Security Agency...

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