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Brave New World vs Our World: Music, Literature, and Film today

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Transcript of Brave New World vs Our World: Music, Literature, and Film today

Brave New World

Our World:
Music, Literature, and Film
Jillian Silliker, Sahara Wallace, Umara Muhammad
The most popular music video of this week is a girl making out with a sledge hammer and swinging naked on a wrecking ball.
For a quick comparison, these are a few of the lyrics of a song from the 1960's versus a song from the 2010's:

Now compare the lyrics of that Chris Brown song with the one that Lenina sings:
While you could argue that lyrically, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" isn't any more complex than the other two songs, but there is definitely a difference.
books are:
- nerdy
- antisocial
- boring

Reading rates have been declining. 47% of Americans haven't read more than one book this year.
The books people reading are on suicide, rape, eating disorders and other morbid subjects.
Reading these books can make you think about how glad you are that your life isn't like that...

“You’ve got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We’ve sacrificed the high art. We have the feelies and the scent organ instead” (Huxley 204).
Films CAN be art, but most movies in theatres are a combination of bad jokes, cliche romances, and explosions.
Movies we make nowadays are more about special effects than anything. A critic commenting on "Olympus has Fallen" said,
All together, it is all eerily similar to John's sentiments on the feelies in Brave New World:
Modern entertainment, including literature, music, and film; are becoming increasing vapid and simple. Substance and depth are often replaced by shallow but bright and flashy content. There are definitely many similarities can be found between Brave New World and our world.
The movie made
£66.1 million
in UK box offices.
This is one of the top selling books of all time. it made an amazing £19.85 million in UK sales! However....
movies are:
- mainstream
- social
- fun
Not to mention, in today's society...
Some of the popular books teens read
"Do they read Shakespeare?" asked the Savage as they walked, on their way to the Bio-chemical Laboratories, past the School Library.

"Certainly not," said the Head Mistress, blushing.

"Our library," said Dr. Gaffney, "contains only books of reference. If our young people need distraction, they can get it at the feelies. We don't encourage them to indulge in any solitary amusements" (Huxley 147).
"I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. and then we are so much better than Gammas and Deltas..." (Huxley 24)
Speaking of movies.....
sound familiar to anything in Brave New World?
Most modern movies are just books for lazy people. Film is a form of storytelling that doesn’t necessarily require the audience to think, which is why it stood strong as a form of entertainment in Brave New World.
Here are some mindless recent movies.
“This is an out and out entertainer, don't think too much, just be in the moment and watch this movie.”
"But the new one are so stupid and horrible... there's nothing but helicopters flying about and you feel the people kissing" (Huxley 200).
All in all, modern entertainment seems to be generally shallow and mindless. Deep thought and emotion have been replaced by catchy pop songs, film adaptations instead of books, and movies that are more explosions and models than anything else. Whether or not you choose to see it as society progressing towards Brave New World is your choice. Before the presentation ends however, here's one last quote to think about:

This tells a lot about current pop music.
"Oh please say to me,
You'll let me be your man,
and please say to me,
You'll let me hold your hand."
-"I Wanna Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles
"Shawty come here,
I wanna grab your body,
Lay you on the sofa,
and as I pull your hair,
I'm gonna stroke your body."
-"Sex" by Chris Brown
"Hug me till you drug me honey;
Kiss me 'til I'm in a coma:
Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny;
Love's as good as soma" (Huxley 150).
Mainly, the difference is that the focus isn't on sex. Unlike Brave New World and our modern day pop music, the Beatles song isn't just about "having" someone. It's about actually having a monogamous relationship.
After all, why sit by yourself and stare at a static page when you can see a loud, colourful movie in 3D?
As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase. And the dictator... will do well to encourage that freedom. In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope and movies and the radio, it will help reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate" (Huxley).
Many of the other "Hot 100" songs (We Can't Stop, Blurred Lines, Bezerk, Get Lucky, Give it 2 U, and many others,) echo that same message of encouraging and normalizing casual, "no strings attached" sex. In a way, this is similar to conditioning.
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