Monday, February 11, 2013

Extra Credit

Science Fiction contains a vast amount of technology, some of it helpful, some terrifying. In most cases, the population of those worlds revolves around technology. Luke was interested in the world outside his own, Neo gets his head pumped full of digitilized knowledge, and John Connor fights Skynet. This, however entertaining, does not seem to be the pattern technology takes. As technology becomes easier to interact with, less people need to know how it works, and people rarely set out to learn what they don't need to know. For this reason, "Brave New World" strikes us as one of the most chilling pieces of science fiction, as it so realistically captures human nature. Huxley, in his work, paints us a society wrought apathetic through excess fabricated stimulation. Their technological entertainment is a kind that matches and surpasses the entertainment reality provides. Movies entice all five senses, and the population is content to live their lives in a drug induced high (technology takes all the danger and risk out of drugs).The technology in this world is innocent of inherent malice  It is not conscience, it does not want to enslave humans, it does not care that it its smarter then us, and it follows the three laws, but rather it is a reflection of Bacchus, the god of human pleasure. As a creature of our own design, crafted to exploit our weakness in a pleasurable way, "resistance is futile." Its said that convenience will consume all world views, and as we carry the near entirety of available entertainment in our pockets, I fear there is more truth and danger in that, then say, Sky-net declaring war, or being lost in the Matrix. Then at least, we'd retain our human spirit, instead of preferring the sweet dreams of sleep state to the color and wonder and uncertainty that reality offers.

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