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Blind Faith

Continuing on the theme of dystopian societies is Ben Elton’s novel, Blind Faith. The basic premise is a future where the current internet culture (as stereotyped by inarticulate American teenagers), combined with charismatic evangelism and new-age faith, has led to a society where every moment of every person’s life is public, and broadcasted to the entire world.

In this setting the hero struggles with a desire for privacy and individual thought. The themes thus introduced develop fairly predictably.

In all this book is a quick, easy read. The language is (probably intentionally) frustratingly simple, and leaves you with an intense aversion to the superficiality of its milieu. While not a great book (especially in contrast with Atlas Shrugged, which I read just before it), it does pose some relevant questions about the ultimate result of certain aspects of modern society.

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