Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: Knowledge Or Technology?

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Knowledge or Technology?
As revealed within Fahrenheit 451, “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn” (Bradbury 45). When someone refuses to question their opinions and actions, they are blind to all other possibilities and outcomes. At a small scale, there is likely little impact from naivete. However, ignorance can lead to misunderstandings on a much larger scale, including world governments, which can often lead to war. Technology is one source of ignorance encouragement. With the growing prevalence of technology, humanity is growing dependent on this resource and becoming dehumanized. Many accept this loss, but there are some that wish to restore the past’s lack of immediate access to information, which they
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Individuals like Mildred, accept the current state of society, while Clarisse rejects what her society has become. Clarisse brings attention to the idea that technology has destroyed individuality and allowed the government to gain control over the people’s lives. As revealed by The Basics of Digital Privacy, new technologies like the internet allow governments increased opportunities to monitor its societal members and control the materials in which the members have access (Cherry and LaRock 103). Devices such as the mechanical hound are used to spy on the citizens of Bradbury’s dystopian society. On the other hand, Mildred can accept her society and becomes naïve to how much of her life is influenced or overran by technology usage. She ignores the potential importance of books when Montag attempts to win her over to the side of change and rebellion and abandons him because his “radical” ideas threaten her lifestyle (Bradbury…show more content…
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