What Huxley teaches is that in
the age of advanced technology,
is more likely to come from an enemy
with a smiling face
than from one whose countenance
exudes suspicion and hate.
In the Huxleyan prophecy,
Big Brother does not watch us,
by his choice.
We watch him, by ours.
There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth.
When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined
as a perpetual round of entertainments,
when serious public conversation
becomes a form of baby-talk,
a people become an audience
and their public business a vaudeville act,
then a nation finds itself at risk;
a culture-death is a clear possibility