February 13, 2008
Moving Backwards: The Future of Technology
in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. – Aldous Huxley
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. –Albert Einstein.
In our world today, people have put reading, and books, behind them. They have lost focus on an extremely important learning method. Reading not only helps us to learn vital information, but it also allows us to use our imagination. We have begun to call books words like: outdated, useless, and old school. Most of us look at computers and new technology as the latest way to spend our down time and relax. We are becoming lazy. Our whole lives have become encompassed by the world of quicker, more advanced technology. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, he gives the reader a real sense of what our world may be coming to. I believe that if Ray Bradbury saw how my friends and I live our lives –and how they are revolved around technology–he would not be surprised at all about his findings. He would be very much relieved that his statements and beliefs were solidified in the way that we go about our everyday lives. Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a prime example of what we are headed to. Bradbury’s insane depiction shows a world where firefighters are sent out to start fires instead of putting them out. Books have become outlawed in the whole world. Firefighters go out and burn everyone’s books–even the Bible–and sometimes even arrest them. Our lives relate to this plot way more than we think. It is almost like we are (in a sense) burning our own books. We do this by turning our heads away from the knowledge and fun that reading and books offer. Yet we focus our time on electronics and new ways to get information. I always find myself sitting in front of my computer reading or listening to mindless and...