Comparing The TV Family In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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In the current 21st century, social media can be both a blessing and a curse. Every day, millions of people share pictures and update statuses. Although all that sharing can make you feel more connected with others, you’re not sharing the real you. This can be compared to Mildred's “TV family” in Fahrenheit 451, as well as modern reality shows. In the words of Pastor Steve Furtick “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”. With millions of people’s profiles in the palm of your hands, it’s easy to get caught up in other’s lives. You’re able to see the new outfit someone just bought, the beautiful city someone just visited, and the couple that is so in love… and …show more content…

Montag’s wife, Mildred, has an addiction to her TV “family”, similar to us in the current era being addicted to social media stars we don't truly know. In Mildred’s case, her she tunes in to her “family” show, as it give her joy. However, what she doesnt know is that it’s also distracting her from what is going on in the real world. She replaces her reality of Montag with virtual people she cares about more such as the White Clown, and watching the TV show slowly becomes a part of her everyday life. This is comparable to popular reality shows such as “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and “The Real Housewives”. Just like Mildred, we become addicted to these families and tune in to their shows weekly to distract us from things we should be paying more attention to, such as work, family or responsibilities. We can forget that these shows are not truly reality, but instead people with millions of more dollars than us and scenes that are often scripted. Nonetheless, the stars of the show are real people with emotion and feeling, which they often have to hide to pursue an idealistic life in the eyes of viewers. Kardashian family members such as Rob, Kanye, Khloe and Kendall have said that they take antidepressants to deal with the harsh reality of always being in the public

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