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Three articles with analysis relating to the novel Fahrenheit 451
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CNN.com - In the Field

This article discusses CNN's experience while stationed in Thailand. Every time they tried to send a new report to one of the Thai stations, the news report was censored and replaced with information about celebrities. This censorship clearly outraged CNN. This can be directly linked to the theme of Censorship in the novel Fahrenheit 451. In this novel, Guy Montag, a firefighter, is not forced to put fires out, but to set them to books. The government's primary aim is to burn all of the books in the society in order to censor the knowledge of the population. This also leads into the theme of Knowledge vs. Ignorance, in which the government tries to render the society incapable of independent thought (ignorant). Both themes are apparent in both the article and in the novel. I think that censoring newscasts through television while in Thailand was just a dumb idea. The people still had access to newspapers and magazines that were not being censored. If this government wanted to filter the media, they really should have done a better job on it. In any case, television is probably the most heavily censored form of media to begin with. Why would they censor that even more as opposed to forms of literature? That's where they really need to focus. Ray Bradbury had the right idea in his society. The media is easy to censor. Books? Not so much. Burn all the books and control the minds of the population. These Thai people do not know how to censor correctly.

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CNN - Minnesota parents want to ice the 'Goosebumps' book series

This article discusses the issue of banning the 'Goosebumps' series, written by R.L. Stine, in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Parents argue that the series of books is scary, promotes violence, and is neither an engaging nor an informative type of literature. Other parents, however, are arguing that banning these books will discourage children from reading and be detrimental to their literature skills. This is a direct parallel to the theme of Censorship in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In the novel, Guy Montag, the main character and a firefighter, fights to burn all books, creating a society that loses interest in reading due to other emerging forms of entertainment. Assuming the 'Goosebumps' series was banned in Coon Rapids, the children of their society would quickly turn to video games and television, depleting their already minimal literature skills. This is the same thing that happened in Montag's society. 

Personally, I read the Goosebumps books when I was about eight years old, and they were the literary equivalent of a cheesy horror movie. If any books should be banned in this society, it should not be the Goosebumps series. It should be books that will promote free thinking and rebellion against the government, like the books that are burned/banned in Fahrenheit 451. Although books like these typically do not exist at the fourth grade reading level, one can never be completely sure. Coon Rapids, Minnesota clearly needs a Guy Montag to burn all of the possible horrendous literature that is putting the fourth grade population's minds at stake.

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What does Google decision mean for Chinese users? - CNN.com

What does Google decision mean for Chinese users? - CNN.com | Fahrenheit 451 Analysis Articles | Scoop.it

This article discusses the movement to censor searches made on Google. It discusses the positive and negative effects that banning certain sites through Google will have on Chinese society. It says that the move will not matter for many Chinese internet users because they mostly use Google to search for games and entertainment as opposed to the information that China is blocking. This is a direct parallel to the theme of censorship in Fahrenheit 451. In the novel, the government's main goal is to censor the information that the society receives so that the society only receives the information they want them to by burning books. Burning books is the equivalent of censoring search engines in China; the society's people will eventually turn to other forms of entertainment and forget about the original censored information. This society is brainwashed, and the government of it has achieved its ultimate goal of a society that has complete and utter control over it. Censorship is a major theme in the novel as well as in this article. This can also be related to the theme of Knowledge vs. Ignorance in society. The government in each of these scenarios does not want its people to know what is really going on, so they try to censor forms of news and information, whether through search engines or books. Ultimately, this will achieve the government's goal of a completely brainwashed society. 

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