Examines 1950 novel’s prophetic vision of society’s oppression, censorship, technology, violence and commercialization.
Ray Bradbury’s critique of modern society in Fahrenheit 451 is the work of a visionary. First published in 1950, Fahrenheit 451 is more relevant today than it was 50 years ago. Today’s society is characterized by censorship, albeit a subtle form, in contrast to the government-sanctioned censorship in Bradbury’s book. In the 1990s, a significant segment of the population relies on technology and/or the media to do its thinking. Ideas are censored in modern society because an environment has been created that is not conducive to depth of thought.
The censorship of creative thinking is pervasive in popular culture; an example is film. The current trend in the film industry is the blockbuster, e.g., Independence Day, Volcano, or Anaconda. These films seek to manipulate the audience by creating an artificial need for excitation. Audiences..