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Brave New World, by ChatGPT

Joining the club of the ChatGPT discussion, what’s a better experiment for a blog post on a book than Brave New World? As college professors and grade school teachers express their worries about Artificial Intelligence (AI) perpetuating plagiarism; being robbed from critical thinking, or how to develop the skill, seems more concerning. The latter, resulting in masses sheepishly following the fearless leader, is an overused literary trope one might say, but past and present events indicate that themes of power, corruption, propaganda, and the dangers of totalitarianism are here for us to discuss.

The following post was entirely created by ChatGPT, see details later. If you don’t know what it is, I asked ChatGPT to explain it to a novice user in two sentences. Here’s the answer.

ChatGPT is an AI language model that can understand and generate human-like text responses to questions or prompts, based on its training on vast amounts of natural language data. It can be used for various purposes, such as customer service, language translation, or creative writing assistance.

“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley is a classic dystopian novel that explores the consequences of a society that values pleasure and efficiency above all else. It follows the story of Bernard Marx and his struggle to find meaning in a world where individuality and free will are suppressed. This thought-provoking and unsettling book presents a chilling vision of a future that is both disturbingly familiar and utterly foreign, and remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1932. If you are interested in exploring the consequences of a world without freedom, “Brave New World” is a must-read.

Dystopian fiction is a literary genre that portrays a world or society that is typically characterized by oppression, suffering, and often a loss of personal freedom. In dystopian fiction, the author creates an imagined world that is usually a distorted version of our own world, but where certain aspects of society have gone awry. Dystopian fiction often depicts an exaggerated and pessimistic view of the future, one that is often bleak, desolate, and hopeless.

In dystopian fiction, the society is typically controlled by an oppressive government or ruling power, and the citizens are often struggling to survive under difficult conditions. In this type of fiction, there is often a sense of alienation and disconnection from the society, as individuals feel powerless to change their circumstances.

The themes explored in dystopian fiction include the dangers of totalitarianism, the consequences of technological advances, the impact of environmental and social collapse, and the negative effects of conformity and uniformity. These themes often reflect contemporary concerns and anxieties about the future and the direction of society.

Dystopian fiction can be seen as a critique of contemporary society and as a warning of what could happen if certain social and political trends continue unchecked. By creating a fictional world that is often a warning of the future, dystopian fiction challenges readers to reflect on the choices and decisions made in the present and their potential consequences.

There are many excellent examples of dystopian fiction that have contributed to the development of the genre. Some of the most notable examples of dystopian fiction include:

  1. “1984” by George Orwell – a classic dystopian novel that depicts a totalitarian society in which the government exercises complete control over citizens’ lives, including their thoughts and emotions.
  2. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley – a novel that explores the consequences of a society that values pleasure and efficiency above all else, resulting in the suppression of individuality and free will.
  3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood – a novel set in a future where women are subjugated by a patriarchal society, forced into sexual servitude in order to bear children for the ruling class.
  4. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury – a novel that portrays a society in which books are banned and critical thinking is discouraged, resulting in a conformist and ignorant population.
  5. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins – a novel set in a post-apocalyptic world where children are forced to compete in a deadly competition for the entertainment of the ruling class.

These works of dystopian fiction have had a significant impact on literature and popular culture, and continue to be widely read and studied today.

Author’s Note: Authorship credit should go to ChatGPT, which was used to generate the text below in the following steps: first the summary of the introductory paragraph was created asking for a book recommendation of the title. Then ChatGPT was prompted to “explain dystopian fiction at college level,” and finally, I asked for the best examples in the genre.

Editor’s Note: ChatGPT put quotes around the book titles, which is not proper citation format. Book titles should be italicized. Plus, most citation formats write out the year – as in Nineteen Eighty Four. I also noticed that there were some word and phrase redundancies throughout the blog post, such as the word “often” and phrase “ruling class.” And some of the Brave New World description included in the ChatGPT-written post seemed to have aligned very closely with the wording on the book’s back cover, as per this entry on Amazon. Also, the post was about Brave New World, and then goes on to discuss other dystopian fiction, including Brave New World in its list. If a human had written this, I would have hoped they would have taken an extra step and written something like, “In addition to Brave New World, other notable examples of the genre were: ____.”