Technology In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Albert Einstein said, “I fear that one day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots” (Popok et. all). Is right now the day that technology has passed us? Is right now also a generation of idiots? Einstein lived before the technology developed into what it is today, and today technology is used by everyone. The Internet is used worldwide and supplies all the information we could ever want to access, but behind the glittering front the Internet presents, there are troubles and conflicts. Today the Internet is used, but not all the users are aware of how controlling the Internet is over them. The Internet consumes time out of millions of lives everyday because the wonders of technology so easily…show more content…
In this futuristic world, the amazing advancements of the new devices show how technology can be helpful, but it also shows how the advancements can be harmful to people, because they can be uncontrollable and dangerous at times. When Beaty is having an insightful conversation with Montag he says, ‘“it doesn’t think anything we don’t want it to think”’ (Bradbury 25), referring to the mechanical dog that is controlled by technology. The mechanical dog is programmed with human characteristics, and the dog performs actions that an actual flesh and blood animal would; however, the dog does not have any reason for performing these actions except that he is being told to do them. The dog is not a human, so technically technology is not taking away its humanity. Technology has transformed a beloved pet into a machine that is used as a weapon for certain people in the future society. Technology controls how the dog acts, and in Fahrenheit 451 the technology controls the people too. Montag’s wife presents how technology has changed her humanity when Montag asks her ‘“to turn the parlor off”’, and she replies ‘“that’s my family”’ (Bradbury 46), showing how she is more involved in her “family” on the screen than her own husband standing right in front of her…show more content…
In Fahrenheit 451, Montag often finds his inattentive wife, Mildred, with “her Seashell [that is] tamped in her ear...listening to far people in far places” (Bradbury 39), which are just like the earbuds used to zone out by people today. These “Seashells” that Mildred uses to sleep are used by millions of people to listen to music, relax, or zone out and sleep like Mildred. Another electronic in the book that is similar to something we use today are the wall-TVs. In a conversation between Mildred and Montag, Mildred asks Montag, ‘“How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and a fourth wall-TV put in?”’ (Bradbury 18), revealing that in Fahrenheit 451 the TVs take up the entire wall. Today TVs do not take up entire walls. Flat screen TVs are very common in houses today, tending to take up quite a bit of space. TV shows and movies are also very addictive to people in society today, and in Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury presents technology in a way that makes it appear dangerous and something to be aware of. Technology changes and evolves, and zoning out people with earbuds or having faces glued to screens all day is something apparent in society today that correlates to Fahrenheit
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