In the article “Wasting the Best and the Brightest: Alcohol and Drug Abuse on College Campuses” and in “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, both writing go over the topic and idea of the dystopian element of corporate control. Both being controlled society by drugs. IN BRave new world the people are thought to rely on soma, a drug that sedates you and makes you forget. In chapter 9 Lenina is so overwhelmed by life that she takes so much soma that last 18 hours, “.. she swallowed six half-gramme tablets of soma, ... embarked for lunar eternity. THis shows control by giving soma as the first result and only option when you seem to be a little stressed. Instead of facing her problems Lenina relies on the drug to help her escape and forget all of her troubles instead of facing them. THis becomes a problem and is seen as dystopian cause this drug is doing many things to her mind. The more you take it the more dependent you get. This is what the government wants, a society that revolves around this drug for “peace and comfort” when all it does is make you addicted and can be harmful. In the article by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., he explains and informs how student are becoming more dependent on drugs when they head off to college and how its a fun way to destress and hang out with friends. Like in Brave New World the children seem to depend on weed and alcohol for a good time. MEdia in today's society does show teenagers having fun at parties drinking and smoking, this isnt giving any good influence on any young children. In the article it gives stats on how many young students use and abuse drugs and alcohol, “Half of all full-time college students (3.8 million) binge drink, abuse prescription drugs and/or abuse illegal drugs. Almost 1 in 4 of the nation’s college students (22.9%, some 1.8 million) meet the medical criteria for substance abuse” This statistic seems almost scary and unlikely, but true with many of my peers at Maple Grove as well. Many shows that student my age are allowed to watch do advertise drugs in a positive way, for example That 70’s Show, The Breakfast Club, showing effects of drugs seem fun and not as dangerous as they truly are. The media has control over how people view certain substances, this can be an easy fix and is starting to come to an end as there are commercial laws with drugs and alcohol. In society both current and fictional, it is seen as bad to have substance abuse, but what are we doing to stop it. Find a way to stop the control before it becomes overwhelming for anyone to stop and fix.
The article “Engineering the Perfect Baby” and the novel “Brave New World” written by Aldous Huxley both to have on the dystopian idea of Technological Control. In the article it is talked about how scientists will now can edit the sperm or embryo after fertilized “everyone would want the perfect child” this is what they can now do with new technologies. Each baby would be personalized to each couple. The only benefit would be the idea of no diseases or future Alzheimer’s but for what cause? A mother and father should love their children despite everything else, and if you created your perfect baby would it even look related to the family? There is no say, this would lead to so many similar looking children in children that have parents that can afford the price, but then couldn’t that lead to bigger self esteem issues? With “Brave New World” the director has made all children in a factory. The director of the D.H.C has made a perfect view on people “Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do.” (27) In this society made by Huxley the harder you work the better you are so the Director makes these grey pants children for a “better society” but the dark pants were thrown to the side for 10x as much work. Working harder could be seen as being better in normal day society but do we want to live in a place we’re everyone is the same by classification and breezed to be perfect. When a perfect society has individuality and people who love each other for that. No more generations of engineering DNA, cause diversity and differences make a society and a community.