The Dangers Of Technology In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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The author of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, has been recorded saying “We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for the thinking.” Although, it might at first look as though Bradbury is looking into the future, towards the end you are more clearly able to see that he is actually talking about present time. As this book was published in 1953, a lot of significant historical events had recently ended. The influence of new technology, the discrimination against many types of people, the banning of books, and just so many things happening at once overwhelms and gives the people a false sensation. What I think Bradbury is trying to say is that the government is trying to give the people of the town a sensation of happiness so that they don’t necessarily think about the things, like banding books and how they are or were being controlled. In the society featured in Fahrenheit 451 books are burned so that the people don’t get any ideas, find historical happenings, or anything that may make them think that the government is doing the wrong thing. Bradbury is basically saying that the government is manipulating the citizens into letting them control them. Instead of letting people know and learn about what happened in the past so it doesn’t repeat, they try to solve the problem by making history completely disappear. No, I don’t believe that our technology driven world has necessarily driven us into a non-thinking society. From what I see it has done the opposite, we are
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