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Prison Books Ban: The Censorship Scandal Inside America's Jails

Prison Books Ban: The Censorship Scandal Inside America's Jails | F451 | Scoop.it
Although in previous posts I have argued that the current American society is nowhere near the world depicted in Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, I have failed to consider the smaller sanctions through out America in my discussions. When looked at from a closer perspective, it is evident that when American society is not looked at as a whole, and looked at in sections, society is more like the novel than it appears. The article covers the story of a man named Mark Melvin, a prisoner at the the Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery, Alabama. While in prison, Melvin has been deprived the right to read literature of his choice. The guards at the correctional facility claim that the book in question, "Slavery By Another Name," by Douglas Blackmon, would educate Melvin in a way that would make the knowledge he possesses superior to the knowledge of the guards, therefore posing as a threat. The theory that at first seems superfluous, actually has justifiable safety reasons. On multiple occasions, prisoners are denied the right to read certain literature due to it's context, of example,bomb building, martial arts instruction, as well as maps of the prison grounds and surrounding areas. In whole, the officials are hindering the knowledge of the prisoners, just as the firefighters do so to the average population in Fahrenheight 451. In comparison, the two societies; the one depicted in the novel, and the prison society, possess a sundry of similarities. In both worlds, the people are being held down by their superiors. After analyzing, it is obvious that the censorship in both cases is used to maintain control and keep the people ignorant.
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The Decline in the popularity of E-Books - A New era in the technology world

The Decline in the popularity of E-Books - A New era in the technology world | F451 | Scoop.it
The premise of Fahrenheight 451 is the life of a man who burns books for a living. After doing so for many years, the protagonist, Montag, feels guilty for the actions he took during his work. The novel provides numerous reasons as to why burning book was nessicsary, such as their diminished popularity. Many people argue that now, just as in the book, reading has lost its popularity to new innovations such as the computer, television, and radio. However, this article proves that reading is not a dying art. In recent years, new inventions such as the e-reader have been introduced. Although this article says e-reader popularity is decreasing, it is only because newer gadgets, such as the iPad, now offer books and are replacing the e-readers. I myself own an iPad and a Nook and read on them ever so frequently. So yes, the popularity of reading paper books is not flourishing, however the art of reading a story is. Of course, there are always cases of people claiming they do not read books, and explain that they find other means of entertainment more enjoyable. However that does not mean that reading has been completely lost. As the article pointed out, there are still millions of people purchasing e-books, in addition to those purchasing paper books, not to mention the iBook users. The world of 2012 is nowhere near the world depicted in the novel Fahrenheight 451. Other sources of entertainment such as radio and internet have not trumped reading nearly as much as it would be needed to justify the shunning of reading in our society, just as it was in Fahrenheit 451.
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'We are the 99 percent' chosen as year's top quote

'We are the 99 percent' chosen as year's top quote | F451 | Scoop.it
In 2011, a massive grassroots movement started in the streets of New York City that would impact the country and eventually the world for months. The members of the movement, known as Occupy Wallstreets, had one common interest in mind; to lessen the gap between the rich and the poor. If looked at in another way, one can say the goal is primariy to homogenize the society of today, just as the firefighters in Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, attempt to do by eradicating all the books that would enhance an individual's intellectual capabilities. At first, news stations, upon the request of the government, attempted to hide the information of the movement, believing with the lack of media support, it would not gain actual human support. Just as the society of Bradbury's novel sought out to strengthen the ignorance of the people by burning all of the books, the government of today's society attempted to strengthen it's peopls's ignorance by keeping them in the darkness and not providing them with information about the movement or the reason behind it. However, since the beginning of the movement, it has gained much recognition. A majority of the people of today's society have, like Montag, come out our the darkness and come to the realization that there is much more meaning in the world than the government leads every one to believe. As the article points out, "We are the 99 percent," or the quote of the Occupy movement, has been named the quote of the year. That being said, government clearly cannot keep it's society completely ignorant.
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