Fahrenheit 451 Article Analysis
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Fahrenheit 451 Article Analysis
A comparison of modern articles to themes found in the society of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
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New Restrictions on Social Networking Sites in Beijing, China

New Restrictions on Social Networking Sites in Beijing, China | Fahrenheit 451 Article Analysis | Scoop.it

 This article discusses new Chinese policies on social networking sites to further censor the posts of people. These new rules are aimed at controlling what users of social networking sites post that can be seen as going against or “posing challenges to” the Chinese Communist Party. It also requires all users to register for these websites with their real information (I.e. real name, age, etc). To citizens of the United States, this may seem like an odd regulation, for many putting your real information on these social networking sites is almost a given. On the contrary, the Chinese government is constantly watching the internet and condemning those who are openly dissenting against the Chinese Communist Party through blogs and posts on social networking sites. Thus, dissenters often utilize fake information in order to avoid being denounced and reprimanded for their opinions. According to the article, each website running under Chinese browsers must agree and comply to these new rules in the time span of three months, and each website much figure out a way to ensure that each user has registered with their real data. As stated by the article, some websites that attempt to enforce the registration with real information have compared the information provided to police records. This can be compared to the society of Fahrenheit 451 where everything is censored. In Bradbury’s world, dissenters would be those who voiced out against the government or those who continued to think differently than the rest. An example of this would be Clarisse’s family who through discussion kept thoughts alive and revealed the ways of before that were not as heavily controlled by the government and firemen.

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Firewall Law Could Infringe on Free Speech

Firewall Law Could Infringe on Free Speech | Fahrenheit 451 Article Analysis | Scoop.it

 This article discusses two legislations introduced to Congress that would force websites to censor the information released on the internet, similar to Chinese policies of censorship. The censorship produced by the Chinese government enables what the people can or cannot find through the internet and other sources of media. These legislations will allow for the U.S. government to adopt similar to Chinese policies in order to bring an end to theft of intellectual property. These legislations would also allow the attorney general to create a “blacklist” of sites to be blocked from the internet because of the content that appears on the site whether their opinion that of another person on the website. This would be critical for websites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, where users post their opinions on things from politics to literature and share videos and other medias. These and many other social networking websites provide a platform for dissent in people, for example the spread of the Occupy Wall street and similar political movements around the country relied on social networking websites to broadcast their ideals and message. While these legislations are aimed to protect intellectual property and prevent its theft, many protest that it is a violation of the first amendment. Much like the government of Fahrenheit 451, the U.S. government is preventing knowledge and opinions of people from spreading through the internet. According to the government of Fahrenheit 451, people are better off being ignorant rather than being “intelligent” and constantly worrying of how to change the world. By maintaining all people at the same level of ignorance, people are equal and thus happy.

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The Rise of eBooks: Are Physical Books Becoming Obsolete? | Got Article Directory

This video focuses on the process by which books are being obsolete objects to today’s society. While novels and books are still being read, it is being rarer to see someone enjoying a hard copy of it rather than staring at a small illuminated screen. As author Jonathan Ames states in the video, it is becoming harder to find a newspaper in New York. According to Ames, in the past, one could walk into any small bodega and find a newspaper stand filled with the latest newspaper. On the contrary, today that is becoming more difficult as newspapers and other literature is found mostly if not solely on the internet or on technological devices. Although people are still reading novels and other form of literature including classics, the fact that tangible hard copies of books are becoming obsolete represents the changing in times. Much like in Fahrenheit 451, people began to stop reading books and start to enjoy them through other forms including technology. Beatty described the process by which the society in Fahrenheit 451 began to become censored in the novel itself. According to Beatty, the government did not begin to separate the people from books, people began to drift from books, thus allowing the government to come in and remove book as sources of knowledge. This video relates to Fahrenheit 451 in the fact that this was a step leading towards a society run similarly to that of Fahrenheit 451. Although modeling a society like this may seem like an extremity, technology is slowly making books obsolete despite the cries of book-lovers and authors world wide.

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