Brave New World
Below you will find choices for your final project. Choose something that you’re interested in, and be very intentional about who you choose to work with (feel free to work alone).
Just Do It, Everybody’s Happy Now
Hundreds of thousands of repetitions have shaped the ideas into reality for the people of the World State. People are a captive audience to the World State, and they’re used as such.
Every day, you see hundreds of advertisements. Some say anywhere the eye can see, it will likely see an ad. Many ads are trying to make us laugh so we will buy the product. How does advertising seek to make us feel happy?
Is it real happiness? Connect advertising today with hypnopaedia in the World State through creating an advertising campaign to sell happiness.
Pop Music and Hypnopaedia
Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, T-Pain
While they’re fun to dance to, what messages do pop songs really send about sex, drugs, and conformity?
Create a project relating to music that reveals the messages that are sent every time the radio goes on.
Breaking News!: Revolutions in the World State and the Colonies
The Colonists were fed up with many things - the king, their taxes, freedom, etc. The W
Create two news casts - one of the Revolution and one of the World State Revolution. Compare and contrast the background, goals, and achievements of the two Revolutions, and make a point about each.
This project may entail staying after school.
Made in China
Where were your shoes made? Your shirt? Your phone? Where is the cafeteria food from? What companies make the food in your pantry? If you start looking, you’ll start to notice some patterns...
We are all familiar with brand names, but what we don’t realize is how much these companies are like the World Controllers. Choose an industry (food, shoes, television, etc) and make a
Some starting places: Who Owns What, the five companies that control food,
Turning Over in their Graves
Henry Ford, Ivan Pavlov, John Locke and Karl Marx walk into a room. Sound like the start to a bad joke?
The question is, do they think the World State is a joke?
By bringing the dead alive, you will create a conversation between the four men (ladies are welcome) about the World State and whether it’s what they envisioned the future to be like. Write a script based on who they were and what they believed.
This project may entail staying after school to record on my computer.
World State Facebook
In the World State, people are ‘produced’ - they are defined, designed, and conditioned. As they grow up, society relies on social pressure and individual commitment to ensure that ‘everyone is happy now.’ (Chapters 1-4)
How does Facebook ‘produce’ people? How much does Facebook control our lives, shape what we think, and affect who we are in society? What choices do we have to control Facebook, and are they enough to keep it from controlling us? Consider ideas of community and identity as you shape your project.
The Unanimous Declaration of the Ten World Controllers
The World Controllers had a difficult time during the 9 Years War and the transition into power in order to abolish the past and convincing people to join society (or killing them if they resisted). Though that’s history, Mustapha Mond opens his safe and finds the Declaration of Conformity - the World State’s announcement of their unity.
Write the Declaration of Conformity as the World Controllers would have written it, with special detail paid to Chapters 3, 16 & 17.
Is school like the World State?
Consider how the school system functions. You’re grouped by age, told what classes to take, and are conditioned by years of social interactions with your peers. Are you a product of society when you receive your diploma?
Watch this video and create your own common craft video explaining what students need to do to create real change within the system. Do some research on student voice, alternative high schools, and how you’d really want to learn (no, you cannot design a non-school).