Ray Bradbury’s Predictions
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 portrays a materialistic society that has forgotten social interaction with each other. Writing in 1953, Ray Bradbury warns readers about a future that could happen. Bradbury notices dehumanization in society as technology makes people become less individual and incapable of independent thought. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury makes predictions of the future that is frighteningly accurate to what life today is like. Some of the predictions Bradbury makes had to do with the way people and machines intermingled with each other. Ray Bradbury predicted news media portraying the world through destruction and violence, society losing social skills with friends and family because of a ‘digital wall’, and children being shoved through the school system only to go to places to destroy things. News is the main outlet our society uses to communicate with each other. Whether it is national or local news, or the lunch your friend posted on Facebook, it is supposed to unite the community together and help people gather information. Today in this digital age, however, the news broadcasts more violent things in the world. In the book, news media is used by the government to find Montag. In the end, the government ended up killing an innocent man just to satisfy the people watching the news. That scene was the pinnacle of reality, showing the foul and sinister side of society, showing how much they love to see someone else suffering. Bradbury looks down upon live media coverage and describes the harsh reality of our social minds. Fahrenheit 451 is full of warnings of where society could be headed if it is not careful. However, these predictions are still remarkably exaggerated, when contrasted with today's society especially mass mediocrity and censorship. Modern media is able to bring to important issues to the public's attention, while media in Fahrenheit 451 bring only the entertaining...
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