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“Oh brave new world that has such people in it!”

It would take quite a long time for me to simply list every reference to Shakespeare in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, let alone analyze the significance of them. Honestly I don’t think I would even be able to find all of them, even with a re-reading of the book. Over the course of the […] Continue reading

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Indifferent New Technology, Same Old World

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is, according to Wikipedia, a novel that “anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine profoundly to change society.” The book is often interpreted as a cautionary tale, decrying the dangers of unfettered embrace of new technologies. Though the technologies in the novel are used to maintain a shockingly stratified […] Continue reading

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Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.”  This classic question reaches past the 2005 movie starring Ice Cube to our childhoods. We begged parents to inform us of our exact location to gauge how far we had traveled and how far we had left until our destination- forever wondering about our wandering. […] Continue reading

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Tori Valadez and Mary Virginia Harper Final Project-Mental Illness, Homelessness, and Veterans

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K.I.S.S. Keep it Simple and Stupid

K I S S What makes the World of Warcraft so addictive and alluring is a mysterious inquiry. It is simple, stupid (when compared to competing mmorpg’s content), and surprisingly intrinsic to something in all of us. WoW This media presentation explores the archetypes of racial and genetic cynicism, identity, and immersion into an alternate […] Continue reading

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Dystopian Fictions As a Function of Their Times

Ever since dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction became genres, both readers and critics alike have debated the predictive qualities of such texts. In hindsight, they sometimes seem to prophesy the future with eerie accuracy, like the “parlor walls” from Fahrenheit 451, which are oddly similar to today’s ever-present televisions. However, while it’s certainly tempting to draw […] Continue reading

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How Far?

After reading Brave New World, a few questions come to mind as to how much of Huxley’s dystopian novel is a commentary of the social structure of our society. In the realm of Brave New World,  where natural reproduction has been done away with and children are created, “decanted”, and raised in “hatcheries and conditioning […] Continue reading

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What’s in a Name, anyway?

UNSCHEDULED  – BUT FEEL FREE TO COMMENT What’s so distressing about someone saying your name wrong? Is there something more to it than a lack of familiarity? Is it disrespect? Is it passive-aggressive hostility? There’s something sacrosanct about a name. It’s the first gift we’re given as children, and like many unasked-for gifts, it can be […] Continue reading

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Soma: two parts fun, one part numb

I couldn’t help but think about the role of soma throughout the entire work and compare our current pharmaceutical trends in the 21st century. Huxley created the cure all of sadness, quelling the anxieties, fears, as well as the rebellious nature of man. Yes, it was sedating and repressive, but also pleasurable – so how […] Continue reading

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The Hollowness of Happiness

What if there were a machine that could give you any experience in the world, and that could continue to supply you with these self-actualizing experiences for your entire life? You could become a great novelist, have a whirl-wind romance, climb Mount Everest, achieve anything and everything you’ve ever dreamed of. All you have to […] Continue reading

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