06 January 2011

Is it 1984 or Brave New World? Answer: Can't It Be Both, Like the Late Earl Warren?

An occasional topic of conversation between my brother and me is whether the ever-growing modern state and compliant populace is closer to the forecasts of Orwell's 1984 or Huxley's Brave New World. Is it the ever vigilant, constantly-threatening Leviathan of 1984, or the overly-sensually-contented and conditioned populace of Brave New World?

I have reached the conclusion that it is both at the same time, and sometimes depends upon the level of consciousness of the citizen. From the 1984 file today:

Utah's $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way

CAMP WILLIAMS — Today's groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Administration data center is being billed as important in the short term for construction jobs and important in the long term for Utah's reputation as a technology center.

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[Senator Orrin]Hatch said Utah was chosen for the project over 37 other locations. He characterized the cyber-security center as the "largest military construction project in recent memory." [...]
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And in news from the Brave New World:

Airport Steaming Over Strip Club Neighbor

A new Rick’s Cabaret is about to open near the South entrance to DFW International Airport.

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The club is expected to open its doors in a few weeks. Owners say their place is going to make the airport sexier. [...] (Yes, you read that right. I guess this is good security checkpoint preparation.)
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And, here are two stories to mark the fusion of both worlds:

Drone may be coming to Miami-Dade

...MDPD purchased a drone named T-hawk from defense firm Honeywell to assist with the department's Special Response Team's operations. The 20-pound drone can fly for 40 minutes, reach heights of 10,500 feet and cruise in the air at 46 miles an hour. "It gives us a good opportunity to have an eye up there. Not a surveilling eye, not a spying eye. Let's make the distinction. A surveilling eye to help us to do the things we need to do, honestly to keep people safe," said Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus.

The ACLU is one of the organizations that is concerned about the drone that may soon be coming to Miami-Dade County. Howard Simon, the executive director of the ACLU of Florida approves of the drones but also advocates strict regulation of the drones. "Technology: there's no reason not to embrace technology if it makes the streets safer, if it helps the police... (Way to go supine, ACLU!)

U.S. tells agencies: Watch 'insiders' to prevent new WikiLeaks

Measure 'happiness,' look for 'despondence and grumpiness,' memo from administration official urges

Pass the word--don't worry about me. Years of State Conditioning Center "education" have set me straight--I love Big Brother, he keeps me safe! And even Epsilons perform useful services... Can I get some Soma here?!

UPDATE: OK, just one more-- the coup de grace:




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