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ERIC Number: ED257765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 27
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Behavior Control: The View from Nineteen Eighty Four.
London, Perry
Behavior control is not simply a matter with technological implications but a political issue as well. Orwell's "1984" is valuable because it confronts this issue and presents readers with a plausible scenario for the workings of a totalitarian state based on behavior control. The threat of "1984" is not only that government will have absolute control of people, but also that control can be systematized and made so successful in the destruction of individual personality that no one will want to deviate from the roles assigned to them by authority. The relationship of this threat to behavior control technologies is that the threat of total political control is one of the possibilities engendered by the promise of ever- improving biomedical and psychosocial therapeutic control. The important thing about behavior control technology is that the whole is more than the sum of the parts, that education, persuasion, and drugs are all forms of behavior control and, in combination, can lead us to the visions of "1984" or "Brave New World." What is necessary to escape this vision for the future is to actively create new scenarios which would allow the best human values to determine the uses to which technology is put, rather than accept a technological imperative which gives free reign to the uses to which technology is put. (IS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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