A Digital Brave New World That Needs a Dose of Romeo and Juliet


Aldous Huxley wrote a treatise in 1958 that explicated how his dystopian vision in Brave New World was coming true. If Huxley felt like that then, imagine what he would say about the world now. The hyper-mediation of computer technology has led to a digitized existence; iPads and iPhones have taken over communication, resulting in much less face-to-face interaction.

Bed of Arrows - There Lies a Lot Beneath:
Draupadi undoubtedly suffered a lot more than Bhishma. Yet, when it came to giving recognition, Bhisma got the respect and Draupadi got the stigma as the sinful woman who was punished with the early death.

Thinking on John Locke's Two Treatises of Government - Classic Book Review:
There are many libertarian amongst our US population, and some have been outright chastised by the powers that be in the present period, however maybe much of the critique has to do with philosophical differences on the size and scope of government. Consider this; "Libertarian" means someone who stands for liberty, thus anyone standing against a libertarian would in essence, philosophically speaking of course, be standing against liberty. I doubt very much those who prop up the current political structure are against liberty.

Book Review: Les Miserables:
Les Miserables definitely counts as one of my favourite books, and is, perhaps, one of the best works in all of literature. No wonder Ayn Rand admired Victor Hugo.

Antony and Cleopatra As a Love Tragedy:
Love as an emotion is dealt with great precision and maturity against the backdrop of war and that essentially constitutes the groundwork of Shakespeare's most enigmatic drama: Antony and Cleopatra. Written approximately around 1606-07, this play combines chemically the nuances of love, politics and the history of the Roman Empire in its concoction.

200 Years of Pride and Prejudice (Plus 3 of Zombies):
200 years ago in late January, the first edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published in three hardcover volumes. The contemporary romance of Elisabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy (well, contemporary for its time) proved an immediate hit, selling so many copies that a second edition had to be printed the same year. Two centuries later, Austen's novel has inspired numerous unofficial sequels, film and television adaptations, and even a few "mashup" editions that blend the original prose with either spicier love scenes or zombie invasions. One can only wonder what Jane would have made of all the attention!

Stephen's Relationship With Religion in Joyce's 'Portrait of an Artist As a Young Man':
Stephen Dedalus is a young man lost in the world; he spends the majority of his life in religious schools, divorced and detached from his family and his parents. The heads of the schools, the Fathers, become his real fathers. When in college, he remembers not his family but "Father Arnell... at Clongowes", and his soul becomes "again a child's soul" (116).

Absurdity in Catch 22:
Joseph Heller's novel, "Catch 22" is a satirical novel of war and absurdity. Examples of absurdity in the novel "Catch 22 are abundant. We can find examples of absurdity in our own lives too.
A Digital Brave New World That Needs a Dose of Romeo and Juliet A Digital Brave New World That Needs a Dose of Romeo and Juliet Reviewed by ESATRA on 10:43:00 PM Rating: 5
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