Dangers Of Technology In Fahrenheit 451

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As technology advances exponentially, America and the world need to learn how to use this technology without abusing it. Ray Bradbury writes about a dystopian America with huge problems ignored by the public in his novel, Fahrenheit 451. Today, America already faces many problems that might cause disastrous effects in the future. Bradbury uses his novel to warn against certain aspects of modern society through a story about a society that became too dependent on television. Although the novel describes a fictional America set in the future, Fahrenheit 451 presents serious warnings about the dangers of conformity and technology in modern society that apply to America today.

To begin, Bradbury argues that the overuse of technology, especially television, causes members of modern society to become ignorant and self-centered. Harold Bloom describes Bradbury’s warnings about the danger of technology:

Technology, according to Beatty, is to blame for the oppressive world around them. Bradbury, through Beatty, is issuing a warning―that unchecked technological development, mindless thrill-seeking in media, and the political anomie of the majority, create in American society a drastic vulnerability to a progressive degeneration of its cultural and intellectual capacities, with a corresponding decay of its democratic political institutions. (29)

The dangers associated with the overuse of technology can also be observed in the quote, “Nobody listens anymore. I
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Bradbury uses his novel to warn against certain aspects of modern society through a story about a society that became too dependent on television while burning books. As technology becomes more and more widespread, Americans need to remain aware of how much time they spend with technology rather than their real
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