Fahrenheit 451 analysis
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Comparison of news articles to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
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Prison Books Ban: The Censorship Scandal Inside America's Jails

Prison Books Ban: The Censorship Scandal Inside America's Jails | Fahrenheit 451 analysis | Scoop.it

Censorship in Fahrenheit 451 is used for two purposes, unisolating people who are more intelligent then others, and to promote other methods of learning and informing by continuously obscuring the reading proccess and ability. The government in Bradbury's fictional society is designed to steal the oppurtunity of learning from those who hold the potential to question the ways of the government and the unprogressive society that surrounds them. In an Alabama prison a book involving slavery was withheld from a prisoner who just wanted literature to read. After it was deamed unsafe for the man to withhold this book things escalated into a lawsuit involving the man and his choice of literature. While in the Alabama prison the enforcement of censorship upon the prisoner and his book was used primarily for physical protection, when in Fahrenheit 451, the use of censorship is used for intellectual protection. This "protection" that is desired from the fictional government is to keep people ignorant from all knowledge that could be used to question the motives and rights of the society's government. In the Alabama prison, gaurds and prison officials sought protection from the prisoner personally, for his choice of reading was considered too violent and could give oppurtunity for malice behavior, as reading in general in Fahrenheit 451's society could give oppurtunity for independent, or otherwise harmful, thinking in relation to governmental efforts of ignorance and control. Either way regardless of the motives or intentions, censorship was used to maintain a stable control over he bodys which need controlling, in this case, a prisoner or an ignorant society as a whole. 

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E-readers Growing in Popularity - Blue Volcano Media

E-readers Growing in Popularity - Blue Volcano Media | Fahrenheit 451 analysis | Scoop.it

The censhorship and elimination of books in Farenheit 451 is used to isolate the television and radio as the primary sources of education and entertainment. It is further used to stop the needed-isolation of educated beings against those who do not read or do not see the purpose of doing so. The story conveys a society that views reading as pointless and as a discriminatory activity. In today's society reading continues to increase as the development of E-books and Kindles advance to give readers the oppurtunity to have access to more books in one place than ever before. While censhorship exists today for offensive purposes, reading is not censored but promoted by technological breakthroughs like electric readers and internet book stores. In Farenheit 451 the new technology they have is used to diminish the reading capabilities of citizens for a reduction of discriminatory issues, while the technological advancements in real society are used to promote reading and spread it further to the public. Recent analysis of new electric readers provide an increase of mobility, personalization, and actual read-in-take. This new educative progress is directly opposite to the firemen like Guy Montag who are forced to burn all books in Farenheit 451. Bradbury's writing shows his sensitivity towards censhorship and the confinement of an individual's free speech. Personal intervention is an issue that greatly displeases Bradbury in his writing. Such beliefs are existent in todays society in which personalization and progress arew encouraged for business reasons as well as educative reasons. 

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Op-Ed: Wall Street is Occupied protest not getting media coverage

Op-Ed: Wall Street is Occupied protest not getting media coverage | Fahrenheit 451 analysis | Scoop.it

The battle between ignorance and knowledge, or awareness, is prominent throughout Fahrenheit 451 in the sense that firemen like Guy Montag are employed to burn the books of society, destroying all knowledge and awareness of anything tangible for citizens who could have been interested. The plot then manifests into a struggle between such knowledge-destruction and the arrival of this awareness. The same conflict arose in protests involving the "Occupy Wall Street" movements, consisting individuals expressing their dissent for their economic status as opposed to the economic state of the miniscule "super rich". Very similar to Fahrenheit 451, the government worked to eliminate all coverage of information pertaining to the protests and progress of protests, just like the government of Fahrenhiet 451 worked to eliminate awareness of literature, similar to the protest information. Furthermore the society of Fahrenheit 451 and our own continue to mirror themselves in the sense of the spread of knowledge and awareness. Montag's ignorance continues to decrease as his involvement with thinkers like Faber and Beatty increases. Although the Occupy protestors recieved no information from media coverage, they were enlightened on the subject through social involvement which proved to be successful considering the number of protesters present in the streets with little to know media coverage. Montag proves to be successful as it is his own job to promote ignorance despite his eventual arrival to knowledge and awareness through his suspicion and social involvement. 

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