Wednesday, 5 June 2013

I am NOT amused!

So the day went on and I got more and more depressed; With this Bilderberg meeting and WikiLeaks.

Check out these amusing and interesting as well as informative articles by Charlie Skelton for the Guardian: The week ahead: Bilderberg 2013 comes to … the Grove hotel, Watford
Bilderberg 2013: welcome to 1984

The problem seems too much like the complaint to the Children Services;  No one cares.  Then Dad wanted to go shopping then I played Go and got bored and I revisited the WikiLeaks website and read all about the disgusting illegal behaviour of the mega companies and the American right wing politicians and I found this video.  It cheered me up...

But how I wish people would take this seriously.  Very few people read this blog and so it feels as if I am pissing in the wind but if all of us don't start objecting to the illegitimate behaviour of these mechanistic, self-serving, abusive and illegal companies and practises there seems only one way the world is going.  I was going to refer to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four but then I thought maybe Aldous Huxley's Brave New World might be more appropriate so I went to Wikipedia to contemplate the issues and found the following excerpt from the foreword of  Neil Postman's 1985 book entitled Amusing Ourselves to Death.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.

I feel much inclined to refer to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - We are amusing ourselves to death.  But if that is the way you want it I can recommend being amused by Roger Water's brilliant album Amused to Death.

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