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Was Huxley Right? Essay, Research Paper When the skunk becomes scared, he releases an offensive odor to impede the progress of the person or thing. Many authors use much of the same idea to combat what they dislike or worry about. In this case, yet another writer has used the idea of having a perfect or Utopian society to contrast it with his/her own world. Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World, saw in his own society that the amount of freedom was being diminished and so he created a society in which the inhabitants had virtually no freedom due to the power of the World Controllers and technology in order to contrast it with his own. He was correct in his prediction that freedoms would diminish, but was wrong in the fact that he believed that people would not fight

back. Informational privacy, defined as the right to control the access of one’s personal information, is virtually absent in the present society. For example, information about people’s entire lives is compiled onto government databases and is used to watch their lives. Huxley believed that the government could view a person’s entire life and daily activities and in his fictional world, the World Controllers do exactly that; they control the world by controlling every aspect of every individual’s life. Huxley writes about the effects of this controlling, The world’s stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get. They’re well off; they’re safe; they’re never ill; they’re not afraid of death; they’re blissfully

ignornat of passion and old age; they’re plagued with no mothers or fathers; they’re so conditioned that they practically can’t help behaving as they ought to behave. (pg. 149). Huxley goes on to show the exact method of control that the World Controllers use. “In the end…the Controllers realized that force was no good. The slower but infinitely surer methods of ectogenesis, neo-Palonian conditioning and hypnopaedia (pg. 34).” Huxley knew that the government would soon be able to completely dictate a person’s life. Today, the government has compiled a database of photos, incomes, social security numbers, criminal records, bank records, phone records, and receipts for millions of people. According to Richard A. Spinello, consumer records are filled with on-line

purchases, hotel receipts, phone and mail orders, along with bank records, bankruptcy records, real estate records, business and court records, student loans, and credit history. He also believes that if we eventually move to an electronic currency or digital cash, it will add every single purchase to these databases. This wouldn’t be so bad if these records were confidential, but the records are leaking out of the government and into other people’s hands. In Huxley’s world, each person knows everything about someone else just because of what social class they are and who their sexual partners are, but regardless of how they know, Huxley believed that people’s lives would no longer be secret. Today, government records are available to private companies and even people

surfing the internet. According to Lori Ringhand, Lotus, a computer company, developed and planned to sell a database with names, addresses, incomes and computer preference of about 120 million people for only about $700. Not only is informational privacy diminishing, but medical privacy is also at risk of being extinguished. In Brave New World, Huxley predicted that people will eventually be conditioned to accept death and therefore the government could have a eugenics program very easily. A simple rhyme taught to children is, “Ending is better than mending (pg. 33)” meaning that instead of fixing any health defects, it is better to just die. Here, Huxley’s prediction is quite correct in that the government can control or access a person’s medical history in that the