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Friday, September 18, 2009

Everywhere's a Brave New World Now.

Ok, seniors! Lets see what great references to Brave New World you found out there on the interweb. Post links and a few words describing the reference: how it's used, your evaluation of the topic, etc. I'm interested to see what kind of variety of topics and genres of writing you can come up with. Comment on each other's links, too!


  1. http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2009/09/17/under-siege-lebanon-s-palestinians-27-ye Jeff's reference page

  2. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2006/03/mil-060303-afps04.htm

    the article has to do with the department of defense getting a more flexible civilian workforce. i think it's really interesting that the term "brave new world" is applicable to things outside of science and technological development.

  3. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2006/03/mil-060303-afps04.htm

    this article is about the department of defense getting a more flexible civilian workforce. i think it's really interesting that the term "brave new world" could be used in areas outside of science and technology.

  4. http://www.jaapa.com/Get-ready-for-the-brave-new-world-of-genetic-medicine/article/125920/

    In this article, the term "brave new world" is used in a positive way. This article basically talks about the many advancements in medicine and the future of clinical genetic practice and concepts. I thought it would be used in a negative way, but surprisingly, it was not.

  5. http://www.forbes.com/2008/06/12/oil-energy-europe-biz-energy-cx_bp_0613northsea.html

    "Brave new world" is used negatively here. The term is used to describe the world (but focused on Europe) as oil supplies are decreasing and demand is increasing. The environment and energy consumption are covered.
    I thought it was quite pessimistic, but I guess it is simply describing the truth: our current energy sources are dying and we need to find some solutions quickly.

  6. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/obamacare_brave_new_world_swIMgQCL81vrAz4OnbewTM

    This Article mainly criticizes Obama's support for the abortion of children with physical or mental disabilities.

    The Brave New World that Escobar, the author of the article, refers to is one in which people choose which babies to be born. Children found with disabilities are aborted. And the reasons for the abortions are mainly financial. Escobar does not approve of parents looking at their children in terms of costs.

    I agree that parents should not view their children in terms of costs. I think the author's view is a little extreme, because there are quite a few people who would not abort their children even if the children were found to have disabilities.

  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2009/01/27/kurt_obama_analysis.shtml

    This BBC article basically talks about how Obama's rise to presidency affects residents of London, especially the minority groups there. The reference to Brave New World in this article reflects the new world that Obama brings - the creation of a different world where minorities are now seen differently because the President of the United States is from a minority.

  8. http://www.thesunnews.com/613/story/1071589.html?storylink=mirelated

    Haha, the term "brave new world" is kind of used differently here than in all the articles above. It's not talking about the world entering a new stage, but it's about a game instead. Mario & Luigi, to be specific. Brave new world is used here to describe the place where Mario and Luigi will begin their adventure this time, the innards of Bowser. It's a whole different world compared to the ones they were in before, which is why it's a "brave new world".

  9. http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/06/18/beijing.hybrid/index.html

    Beijing's Brave New World of Buildings:
    In this article, "Brave New World" is used both positively and negatively. The article presents the positive, forward thinking of the sustainable design for "Linked Hybrid"-a ring of eight 21-story towers linked by public sky bridges. However, despite the technological advancements in architecture, it has also attracted many criticisms for its isolation, one of which described Linked Hybrid as "the stuff of dystopic science fiction."

    I agree that Linked Hybrid was a pretty innovative idea. However, due to its sense of isolation and aloofness, it probably won't turn out to be as ideal as Steven Holl, the architect, thought it would be.

  10. http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=115849

    This article from Northwestern University talks about how Obama has repeatedly stated his intentions of opening embryonic stem cell research. The term brave new world is used as a negative reference to a posible out come of too much stem cell research.

    This article was intriguing and political. It gave both the republican and democratic views of embryonic stem cell research. While George W. Bush tried to cut the funding of the stem cell researh, Obama has enthusiastically tried to promote the research.

  11. Response to Felix's article:

    That use of "brave new world" is refreshingly different from the articles that use it to describe economics and technology. I actually understand the phrase better when I see it in the context of Mario Brothers. XD

    Response to Frances' article:

    Aborting babies with mental disabilities is, at the same time, understandable and horrible. It is, in a way, practical to do so but also a statement that only "perfect" babies have a right to be brought into the world.

  12. http://static.uspirg.org/usp.asp?id2=11147&id3=USPIRG&

    This technically isn't that creative a use of a "brave new world," but I just thought it was interesting how genetic engineering has been used to transfer rat genes to soy beans, cow genes to tobacco, and chicken, human, mouse, pig, and jellyfish genes into corn. I hadn't realized genetic engineers had become so...creative. Next thing you know, they'll be sticking vegetable genes in us.

  13. @ Hannah:

    Lack of oil is an ever growing issue. I actually don't have the right to say this, since my family drives our cars locally everyday and to Taipei on the weekend and we also fly out of the country once or twice every year, but people really should cut down on their oil-usage. *inhales deep breath of much needed air* Wow, long convoluted run-on sentence much? Haha, whoops. :D

    @ Oliver:

    I felt that the use of "brave new world" here didn't quite fit, perhaps because it has a more positive connotation. The article is talking about how the minorities of London were "deliriously happy" over Obama's election. However, the "brave new world" in Brave New World is a DYStopia, not a Utopia. There is a sense of hope and change for the better that doesn't really show up in the novel

  14. I got really excited when I happened upon this allusion to BNW:


    It's a book review of another dystopian novel, one by Margaret Atwood (the author of The Handmaid's Tale, which I wrote on the board the other day). I'm super excited to read her new book, as I pretty much have inhaled everything she's written.

    Now I just have to figure out how to get to an English bookstore!

  15. I found lots of small references actually. They were really just small mentions, like an expression. Most had to do with new electronic devices and technology. Many were along the lines of "[device]...the brave new world of...] Here are some of the ones I found, I simply got the line where they were used:

    From something about cloning:
    "Sgrecia warned of a brave new world where 'embryonic life is bought and sold as if in commerce.'"
    Others w/o links:
    "Welcome to the brave new world of "cognitive enhancement," a term that typically refers to the use of attention- or memory-boosting prescription drugs,"
    "Apple's iPhone 3Gs offers more speed, dazzling smarts and a brave new world for killer apps; one will even unlock your car"
    "Auto-marketing gurus take note: the brave new world of zero-emissions cars is here, ready or not, and please make them sexy."

    @Oliver's. I guess BNW is used here merely to mean changes and an exaggerated "new world."
    @George's. Article somewhat related to BNW's cloning, but not exactly either, as stem cell research ≠ cloning.


  16. http://www.albertmohler.com/?cat=Commentary&cdate=2005-06-14

    "Brave New World" is used negatively in this article. People are debating whether or not human cloning would appeal to the general public. Most people say no to human cloning because they feel it goes against God and nature.

    To Frances:
    "Brave New World" is clearly used negatively in this article. Though aborting babies is cruel, it might not necessarily be a bad thing either. Think about it optimistically: If babies with "imperfections" were aborted, they would not have to suffer from their disorder or from the ridicule of those around them.

    To Oliver:
    It seemed that "Brave New World" was used in a different sense in this article than the way it was used in Huxley's novel. Obama represents change for the people, so the correlation between this article and the text would be the fact that change is happening/happened.

  17. I completely agree that the article i found didn’t reflect Huxley's Brave New World. But that’s why I chose it. The meaning of brave new world has expanded and altered over the past years. This article deviates from how we perceive a brave new world.

    To Hannah: This article was pretty mind-boggling. Its pretty crazy reading about how depreciating oil supplies critically impact global economies. It was also interesting to see how Europe is in such a critical position, and faces the most risk. I hope that the world becomes less dependent on oil soon.

    To Kristi: dude Albert Mohler is hot. Haha just kidding. I completely agree with this article that cloning is an issue of immediate, urgent, and global importance. I personally am against cloning because I think it’s such a dark and artificial process, and the clones that are “produced” will also be just as dark and artificial. I also found the Christian perspective on cloning very interesting

  18. http://www.panna.org/files/weirdScience.dv.html

    The article is pretty objective about the plus's and negative's on the subject of genetic engineering in plants. It does make us wonder what is okay and what isn't though. Why is it okay for humans to genetically modify plants, in order to make our lives easier, whereas cloning is now in heated debate?

  19. Response to Frances:
    I actually agree with abording children who are mentally/physically challenged. Not only will the parents suffer in the future when they are born, but so will the children themselves. Why not let them just not suffer at all? Call me an extremist, but I think this might be beneficial.

    Response to Oliver:
    Yea I agree with Hannah. Brave new world is kind of used too positively here, and I think it should be used to describe a dystopia.

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  21. http://www.intellectualconservative.com/article3933.html

    This is actually one of the articles talking about this book called Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. The author actually addresses both Brave New World as well as 1984, talking about how our entertainment industry today has slowly changed into the "soma" of the people. He also makes the point that people will "come to adore the technologies that undo their capacity to think" which directly parallels to what happens in Brave New World.

  22. Response to Emily Lai:

    i think it's interesting how the phrase "brave new world" is used in a setting that is somewhat similar to that of the novel. Huxley kind of predicted that humans would genetically engineer products and babies. i'm actually not too sure if this growing trend of biological engineering is so good for our society though.

    Response to Felix:

    quoting from the text, "The comedy is a refreshing change from the genre's usual seriousness, and the gameplay is varied and lively," similarly, this text provided a refreshing and unconventional usage of the phrase "brave new world." i really enjoyed reading it.

  23. @ Felix:
    This was actually the most unique way of using the term "brave new world" because it works on several levels. First of all in terms of the game plot, it is indeed a "brave new world" for mario and luigi. But also for people who create the game, they have basically stepped into a new world of gaming where they've taken one of the most linear games and have taken it to the next level introducing concurrent events of both bowser and the adventure within.

    @ Patricia:
    The extent of architecture, has and will never cease to amaze me. I think architecture is constantly going into a "brave new world." Now in the case of the linked-hybrid, i really have to agree that what it represents is a world in it self, which shouldn't be the focus of architecture. Architecture should interact with the environment, having the linked-hybrid stick out like a sore thumb when everything around is is somewhat bland basically ruins the whole appeal of the region. Nonetheless, i think architecture in China is indeed going into a "brave new world" and it is a positive thing despite the counter argument.

  24. http://wtp.org/archive/articles/brave_new_world.html

    mine is titled "A Brave New World of Environmental Collapse." It's pretty much self-explanatory; The author (who happens to be an ex-Californian governor I think) is basically saying that if we do not halt all the pollution, deforestation, overpopulation and such immediately, our world is going to be disgustingly technological and controlled (nothing natural left) in the future (much like modern London in "Brave New World"). I think the last lines sum it up pretty well; it says: "Perhaps our descendents will physically survive with 12 or 14 billion mouths but their world will not be a place any of us would desire. There will be no liberty, period. The regimentations of Hitler, Stalin and Mao will stand only as crude approximations of the rationalized, new world order of total domination. Man will at last have reinvented himself--and what horror."

    To Frances:
    Yeah I sort of agree. There are plenty of people (I know of at least 2) who decide to have a baby even though they know it will have a disability (both times the tests turned out to be false btw). Then again, I also know one person who aborted her child because it was tested to have a mental disability. I'm not really sure where I stand on this issue. In general, I would use the question "what are the chances of this child being happy?" to decide, but then I guess that raises the questions of what counts as "happiness" and what percentage possibility counts as a "good chance."

    To George:

    Wow. I found your article really interesting too! Like Frances' article's issue, it's one of the problems that I have struggled with (whether or not it is moral). And the BNW reference is really apt since in the novel they really do mess around with embryos, though not in the same way. I wonder if Huxley had any inkling of embryonic stem cell stuff, and if he didn't, would it have played a (somewhat) major role in his novel.

  25. @ Oliver:
    I find it interesting that politics can be related to BNW. I just assumed the only context such a reference would occur in would be scientific genetics or something else. And what's even more surprising is it's used in a positive sense. It's like the time when John was still naive about what the Brave New World was really like and thought it was WONDERFUL, until he got there. (That's about the only time it's really, honestly used in a happy-positive way, albeit in a misinformed way)
    But yeah, it was definitely an interesting article because it focused on the social happiness and excitement Obama's election really caused and in a foreign country no less.

    @ Emily Lai:
    Very interesting. I can't wait to have rice with human genes for dinner, and I most certainly can't wait to drink soybean milk with rat genes! NOT.
    Okay. So, I thought your article was pretty darn disturbing. Yes, the whole genetically modified food thing isn't THAT new but...really? Does it have to go to that extent? I mean, what's so bad about NORMAL food? The extent to which we've manipulated science to incorporate it with our everyday lives (FOOD) connects to BNW on a literal level and a more figurative level. We're literally doing the things they were doing in those labs, except on food instead of embryos, and we're heading in a new direction where the limits of science are not very clear at all.

    @ Felix: 1 hour 47 minutes left until your BDAY!! XD

  26. Response to Hannah:

    I agree that the oil’s brave new world is quite pessimistic. With the decreasing oil supplies, people should start finding more ways to conserve energy, such as mass transportation. However, I believe it is difficult for the human population to find a balance between the environment and the economy.

    Response to Claire:

    “The Brave New World of Genetic Engineering” is technically used in the same sense as in Aldous Huxley’s novel. I find it really interesting that what we’ve accomplished in the scientific world today has already been predicted by Huxley in the 1930s. However, it is hard to say whether genetic engineering is beneficial to the human population, because it might be disastrous and create a dystopic new world. As the author of the article said, “Genetic engineering is very different, very powerful and worth a great deal of caution.” Also, I thought these gene transfers were both interesting and shocking: Mouse genes in potatoes & Human genes in corn, potatoes and rice.

  27. http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=7220677

    My article talks about expanding the world nanotechnology. The scientists basically want to enhance this technology by building clusters of nano particles bit by bit just so the optical, magnetic, and absorption characteristics could be improved. The reference to a brave new world is basically used in a positive way here, since these scientists believe that nanotechnology can advance the quality of many products. I personally believe that this is a good thing, even though the task of building nano structures unit by unit may be very difficult.

    @Frances: I agree that the author's view is kind of extreme, but I do agree that children should be aborted if they were found to have disabilities, just like what Felix said, why not abort them if they are going to suffer? It not only reduces the emotional burden, but also the financial burden.

  28. http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2009/09/17/under-siege-lebanon-s-palestinians-27-ye
    This link uses "Brave New World" in comparison to Kafka's Prison in order to describe the horrid living conditions of the Israeli refugee camps. I think that this link shows the dystopian side of "Brave New World" well, which seems to be missed by many people because of the passiveness of the novel. This kind of reference depresses me, because it reminds me of all the things that could go wrong.

    This Article uses Brave New World as a positive reference in order to add some background into the topic. I like this use of Brave New World, because this kind of reference shows the good possibilities of the Brave New World type of future.

    This article also uses Brave New World in a positive way that shows the good possibilities of Huxley's vision. I feel that there is a lot more voice in this article than the one above, as well as tone and voice.

  29. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/obamacare_brave_new_world_swIMgQCL81vrAz4OnbewTM
    My article basically talks about Obama's health care reform plans. It was the same article as Frances Su's article which we found out during class:) But the writer of this article adopts a conservative stance while introducing both sides of the topic. I personally feel that her closing statements, regarding not looking at the children of society only in terms of costs and benefits, were what really gripped me to this article.

    At Joanne:
    I agree with the ex-governor of California's position in trying to reduce pollution all throughout, but I also think it's important to realize that it's costly, and the entire issue of global warming, while alarmingly important in the sense that it hadn't been largely noticed before the movie An Inconvenient Truth, is somewhat blown out or proportion.

    At Felix:
    Haha I like how your article adapts a somewhat more optimistic viewpoint than all the other articles as its' in a reference to Mario! Very cute. But maybe the overwhelming theme of Brave New World is going to be an underlying theme all throughout the game?

  30. to Hannah:
    The demand of oil really is a serious challenge to mankind. Since many countries are beginning to develop, there is more demand in oil. It is hard to predict what will happen with the rising demand and depleting supply.

    to Joanne:
    I think the author is a little idealistic in his demands of society. Although I do believe it's important to save the environment, more action and less talk is needed to change the situation. There are many people who are willing to speak out for the environment but not enough people to make changes.