Thank you for this important article. I have written about this trio of important books that came out at roughly the same time: 1984, Brave New World and C..S Lewis’ That Hideous Strength. The envision different scenarios but shares the common theme of what our culture is doing to us as persons.
I know people who say the push to legalize drugs is for making the sheeple more gullible and accepting as we’re stripped of rights by the State.
Interesting that Huxley and Lewis died on the same day, but their deaths overshadowed because JFK died that same day.
My career was in advertising, and I have watched this emergence of the way information is used today and all these things you point out. It’s really only an extension of couch potato marketing via television in the old days, except far more immersive. I am appalled that parents give their kids iPhones when they are 6, 7 or 8.
Much more could be said but I need to start my day.