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Daily Dashboard | Is '1984' or 'Brave New World' a better representation of today's environment? Related reading: Comparing privacy laws in Virginia and California


Charles McGrath and Siddhartha Deb discuss whether George Orwell’s “1984” or Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” managed to more accurately capture the current climate, in a feature for The New York Times. McGrath said he initially believed Huxley’s novel was a more prescient story, but the last month under President Donald Trump has given him a new perspective on Orwell’s story. “The most obvious connection to Orwell was the new president’s repeated insistence that even his most pointless and transparent lies were in fact true, and then his adviser Kellyanne Conway’s explanation that these statements were not really falsehoods but, rather, 'alternative facts.' As any reader of ‘1984’ knows, this is exactly Big Brother’s standard of truth,” McGrath states. Deb believes other novels go further in portraying the current state of the U.S., including works by Philip K. Dick, Octavia E. Butler, and Cormac McCarthy. (Registration may be required to access this story.) 
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