6-2-2011 - Brave New World - Seminar - Harvard Outlinex

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Nov 14, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Promotion of Superficial Distraction


Context: The ways and uses of distractions and the promotion
, advertisement, and subliminal brainwashing

of the
uses of distractions from reality


Thesis: Huxley’s novel “Brave new World” shows a world
where there

aren’t any
negative

sides

because everyone
is distracted from reality. Because of the use of soma, synthetic entertainment and a world built around what they
are made to think is the best, everyone is happy. This is the distraction from reality. Our moder
n day world is
slightly less controlled but is similar because of the use of external distractions such as the internet and drugs that
allow someone to be away from reality.



I.

“Superficial Distraction From reality”
Huxley introduces Soma, as a miracle hall
ucinogenic to get away
from society.


a) Huxley shows how the citizens are using synthetic means to run away from their

problems


“A gramme is better than a damn”


Ex Use of drugs,
hallucinogenic
, etc in
contemporary

society.



b)
This

is relatable to th
ose in the modern century that use synthetic means to run away

from their problems, and even so cases were this has become fatal


Escape into a virtual reality on the internet,
e.g.

World of
War craft


Fatal Case: Child neglection


II.

Promotion /Advertisement/Subliminal
Messing
-

Huxley’s use of Hypnotism during sleep is similar to
modern day advertising techniques, but not as controlling.


a) The use of hynopaedia is embedding the world states views and thoughts into the

children
at a

young age, because they cannot make their own thoughts



BNW: “You can’t learn a science unless you know what it’s all about. Whereas, if


they’d only started on moral education”


b) Modern day advertising techniques are basically a science at embedding
a thought into a
customer’s mind, “brainwashing” them into thinking they want the product


1)
Dr Bahador Bahrami, of the UCL Institute of Cognitive "What's interesting here is that

your
brain does log things that you aren't even aware of and can't ever be
come aware

of.


Ex
. Listening to a song and remembering the lyrics












III

Third subtopic:

Avoiding the distractions and keeping a sense of mind, and coming back into reality knowing the differences.

A) Most went around their lives always thinking
what they were told to think.


B) Those who were different were outcasts

The distractions made you forget that you were different, when you tune back into reality, you realize, you aren't
happy.


The Controller. "We prefer to do things comfortably."

John:
"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I wa
nt real danger, I want freedom,

I

want goodness. I
want sin."

"In fact," said Mustapha Mond, "you're claiming the right to be unhappy."