Postman wraps up the book with a comparison of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
In America, Orwell’s prophecies are of small relevance, but Huxley’s are well under way toward being realized.
To put it plainly, a student’s freedom to read is not seriously injured by someone’s banning a book…
Television does not ban books, it simply displaces them…It does everything possible to encourage us to watch continuously. But what we watch is a medium which packages information as entertainment. In America, we are never denied the opportunity to amuse ourselves.
This book was published in 1985. It would be interesting to know how much reading has declined since then. If someone began to ban books, we would immediately rise up in indignation, demanding our rights. But when everyone is parked in front of the TV, they hardly notice when the libraries close for lack of interest. One of the outlying branches in our library system may be closing soon. Sad, isn’t it?
How often do you read a book? Do you read less than you did five years ago?