Big Brother is…Being Watched? (Oppression vs. Sedation)
Growing up we often read Orwell and Huxley’s dystopias side by side.
Stylistically and in terms of entertainment I’ve always been (and remain) more compelled by 1984’s rule by oppression vs. Brave New World’s rule by sedation. Yet in terms of education and awareness, I’ve realized that while oppression is, well, oppressive…historically it spawns rebellion, progress (or at least resistance to the oppressive status quo), and continues to remind the oppressed of their situation. Sedation on the other hand avoids confrontation altogether making rebellion, progress, and awareness less of an issue.
Storytelling has always had a place in society but with the advent of Netflix, iTunes, and Facebook our access to pre-packed stories (Netflix), soundtracks for life (iTunes), and online autobiographical book sleeves (Facebook) it seems that we tend towards storytelling for sedation rather than storytelling for action.
If I am seeking to be culturally relevant, spiritually helpful, and economically stable as an artist (one whose work would potentially be offered by Netflix, iTunes, and Facebook)…I wonder if I’m actually contributing to the glut of artistic sedation we offer in North America.
The irony that this post was inspired by 2 storytellers isn’t lost on me.
This entry was posted on May 21, 2013 by isgeorgerobson. It was filed under GSRV Music, Opinion, Poetry, Social, Society and was tagged with 1984, Aldous Huxley, Artists, Big Brother, Brave New World, Distraction, Dystopia, Facebook, George orwell, iTunes, Netflix, Sedation, Social Network, Youtube.