Both Scott and Huxley depict future dystopias in their texts Blade Runner and Brave New World. Despite contrasting mediums of production and half a century separating their composition, both evolved in contexts of rapid technological change and changing social mores. Both texts reveal the interrelationship between humans and nature, and the effect of human interference with natural processes. The most significant parallel is in their views; what it is to be human.
BNW was written post WWI, a time where the world was disillusioned by democracy and depression affected global markets. Totalitarian regimes arose in areas such as Germany, Russia and Italy. These governments promised people order, security and economic stability. Huxley explores and satirises flaws and dangers associated with these social remedies. He aims to exploit the anxieties of his bourgeois audience about both Communism and 'Fordist' American capitalism
Technological advancements had created new and devastating war machines, that caused innumerable deaths and which annihilated the landscape.
Huxley satirises this destruction of nature through his description of the Neo-Pavlovian conditioning process, which conditions the inhabitants of the BNW to despise nature from an infantile stage. 'A love of nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish the love of nature, but not the tendency to consume transport'.
Similarly, BR reflects its context. Scott uses the context of the 1980's to depict his heavily polluted future world. This is a world where technological advancements have become immediate and human destruction of the environment is a large issue. Scott's script echoes the concerns about pollution, global warming and eco-destruction. In the opening scene the camera pans the broken and desolate landscape of Los Angeles 2019, it presents a society, which has consumed nature in a struggle for ever increasing production and consumption.
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