Analysis Of Aldous Huxley 's ' Brave New World ' Essay

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Throughout the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, there are numerous allusions to surveillance of individuals. However, an interesting property of the surveillance state is that it relies heavily on the fear of reprisal from other citizens. For example, in the new world, those who spend time alone or participate in monogamous relationships are chastised by fellow citizens and reprimanded by the government. Although this may appear to be a far cry from our world, there are numerous parallels that can be drawn between the two. In an article entitled “A Day in the Life of Big Brother” by Erik Sherman, the components of services that citizens use daily are observed as to how they track, and in turn report, the actions of their users. Thus, akin to the new world in the novel Brave New World, our society tracks and dissects the actions of citizens and in turn, reprimands them or reports them to external agencies. Through a vast majority of the services we utilize daily, most of which often appear innocuous, data about users is collected and distributed to third parties. In the article “A Day in the Life of Big Brother”, Sherman guides the reader through the daily routine of an individual, referred to as J. Doe, and their interactions with a plethora of services that most individuals utilize daily. First, J. Doe wakes up and reads the news through Google. Google, and his Internet Service Provider, use analytical tools, such as cookies, to follow Doe’s reading habits…

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