brave new world


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brave new world

n.
1. A world or realm of radically transformed existence, especially one in which technological progress has both positive and negative results.
2. A field, endeavor, or aspect of life that seems new and often intimidating because one is experiencing it for the first time: "You're on your own. Welcome to the brave new world of do-it-yourself travel" (Susan Stellin).

[Originally a phrase written by William Shakespeare in The Tempest (c.1610): How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world / That has such people in't! (later used by Aldous Huxley as the title of his novel Brave New World (1932), a depiction of future dystopia in which humans are separated into rigid castes and controlled through technological and chemical means ).]
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Approaching its 80th year of publication, Brave New World explores a potentially frightening reality that is not incomparable to our world today.
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In this absorbing and suspenseful satire with echoes of 1984, Brave New World, 2001: A Space Odyssey and even The Longest Yard, the issues of government control and safety versus freedom are played out in a grimly humorous fashion.
If he has little patience for delusional universalists, he has even less for left-wing critics of mass art such as Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, who viewed popular culture as a means of social control, a variation on Aldous Huxley's soporific drug soma in Brave New World.
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