An Analysis of Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World'

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Is texting contemporary soma?: Teens and distracted driving Aldous Huxley's Brave New World portrays a future dystopia in which all the inhabitants merely live for pleasure. All of the characters focus on enjoying things 'in the moment' rather than allow themselves to experience unpleasant truths regarding the past or future. The society even denies death and encourages children to laugh and play around dying people to desensitize the next generation. However, as awful as Huxley's vision may be, some of the warped thinking of the characters in the book can be paralleled with the real-life mentality of teens who engage in distracted driving. Teens who text while driving are solely focused upon their own pleasure, and show no concern for the needs of others. They do not show care, compassion and concern for other drivers on the road, but are solely obsessed with their own needs. They believe that their need to know about what the cute guy in Latin class said is more important than sparing the person's life in the car in front of them. "Nearly nine in 10 teenage drivers have engaged in distracted-driving behaviors such as texting or talking on a cellphone although most of them know that their actions increase their risk of crashing" (Copeland 2010). ""Nearly one-in-four crashes involve cell phone conversations, and texting drivers contribute to more than 100,000 crashes each year" overall ("Takata joins forces," 2011). Most teens who engage in distracted driving do not

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