The modern society is changing consistently and fictional societies created by such outstanding writers as Aldous Huxley seem to become a part of the reality in the modern world. In this respect, it is possible to refer to the novel “Brave New World” (1932) by Aldous Huxley which, to a significant extent, resembles the modern society. In actuality, the development of the modern society tends to the development of a new type of globalized community, where people are losing their individuality and becomes integral elements of the huge social machine conditioned respectively to the program they learn from the beginning of their life.
At first glance, the modern society is individual-oriented. The modern society is highly individualistic and people are concerned with the personal and professional success, regardless of the well-being of the entire society. However, the individualism of the modern society resemble the shallowness of citizens of the World State in “The Brave New World”. To put it more precisely, people living in the “advanced” society invented by Aldous Huxley are bound to their lifestyle typical for their caste and they cannot violate rules and norms established for their caste specifically. Moreover, people living in the World State are conditioned and they are totally deprived of an individual identity. They are a part of the society but all people living in this society share the same values and obey to the same rules, whereas the violation of these rules make them outcasts. Moreover, if an individual does not meet the common standards established in the society, their difference from the rest of the society becomes a manifestation of their savageness.
However, in actuality, people living in the civilized world of Huxley’s novel are condition from the beginning of their life and they can never be independent and have their own identity. Instead, they have the common identity created artificially and implanted in the consciousness of people. In stark contrast, savages prove to be more humane because they have their individual identity and each individual is unique and different.
In this respect, the modern society resembles the society invented by Aldous Huxley in his “Brave New World”. To put it more precisely, the modern society grows more and more homogeneous. The globalized world tends to economic, political and cultural uniformity. As a result, cultural differences between people living in different parts of the world disappear. In such a way, the modern world resembles the World State invented by Aldous Huxley. In addition, modern people are condition similarly to different castes described by the author in his book. At this point, mass media play a particularly important role because it is through mass media the identity of people is shaped and the mass consciousness prevails over an individual consciousness. Therefore, modern people are condition respectively to values, norms and standards promoted through mass media which influence people all their life. The pop culture is one of the most evident manifestations of the conditioning of modern people.
Thus, the modern society becomes more and more similar to the society of the Global State invented by Aldous Huxley in his “Brave New World”.
Huxley, A. Brave New World. New York: Penguin Classics, 2006.