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China begins to censor reality television programs

Similar to 'Fahrenheit 451', China has always been well-known for its use of censorship. China's Communist Party has clear control over pretty much anything occurring in China, just as the government in 'Fahrenheit 451' has similar power. The most recent use of Chinese censorship occurred when China decided to censor a reality television show called, "If You Are the One." The show basically features young people going on stage in an attempt to court each other, which has led to the show being described as "racy" and an inappropriate source of entertainment. The show was a major hit in China, as it broke ratings records throughout the first half of 2010, with more than 50 million people tuning in. However, China feared that the racy aspects of the show would give off a poor reflection of its youth, thus deciding to intervene and change parts of the show. Instead of restrictly young people as contestants, the government forced the producers to feature older, more mature contestants, and also add a new host to the show, a member of the Communist Party. China is now faced with a dilemma. Reality shows such as , "If You Are the One" produce a lot of profit, but it goes against the conservative nature of China. Entertainment is constantly being censored in China, just as it is in 'Fahrenheit 451,' in which the lone source of entertainment are the television parlors. Both societies want to limit entertainment and keep everything in order and under their control. Therefore, censorship in 'Fahrenheit 451," and China are very alike and try to accomplish similar goals for their respective governments.

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Ignorance on display by celebrities on Twitter

Knowledge vs. Ignorance is arguably the most prominent theme associated with 'Fahrenheit 451'. In the novel's society, a firefighter's purpose is to destroy every book it can find in order to remove knowledge and promote ignorance in a society controlled completely by the government. Although not as serious as the ignorance in 'Fahrenheit 451', many celebrities have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on any random topic. Often their opinions draw the ire of many people and make the aforementioned celebrities to appear to be ignorant. For example, comedian Gilbert Gottfried sparked controversy with remarks he made after the devastating March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. He said, "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them." This quote came across as purely ignorant and inappropriate during a very serious time for Japan. Gottfried did not seem to have the knowledge to avoid making a sarcastic remark like this at a time when sarcasm was not needed. However, he was not the only one to come across as ignorant on Twitter, as NASCAR driver and former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner followed suit. Although ignorance is prevalent in the real world and the novel, they are presented differently. In 'Fahrenheit 451', ignorance is promoted strictly by the government and its workers. In the real world, ignorance seems to be promoted somewhat by the government and also famous people. And while knowledge is meant to be completely erased in the novel, organizations in the real world still attempt to promote knowledge. Knowledge and ignorance are presented in both topics, but in different manners.

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Turkey arrests journalists in alleged terror plot - CNN.com

Turkey arrests journalists in alleged terror plot - CNN.com | Fahrenheit 451 articles | Scoop.it
Turkish police detained dozens of people in a wave of raids targeting suspected members of the "press and propaganda wing" of a banned Kurdish separatist group accused of committing acts of terrorism, the semi-official Anatolian Agency reported...
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Censors Pull Reins as China TV, Chasing Profit, Gets Racy

Censors Pull Reins as China TV, Chasing Profit, Gets Racy | Fahrenheit 451 articles | Scoop.it
For decades, China’s Communist Party has pushed television networks here to embrace the market, but conservative cadres have grown increasingly fearful of the kinds of programs that court audiences.
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Celebrities may temper Twitter comments after 2011 blunders

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Celebrities may resist the urge to send a stream of consciousness on Twitter in the new year, after famous people tweeted their way into trouble on everything from boxer briefs...
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Censorship In Turkey

The article, "Turkey arrests journalists in alleged terror plot" is very comparable to 'Fahrenheit 451' in that they both invoke the use of censorship. Just as the use of books and credible news are censored in the novel, the journalists who were arrested also fell victim to their news being censored. The article details the arrests of Kurdish journalists who were alleged to have been involved with terrorism, only because they spoke out against the Turkish government. This is similar to the reaction Montag receives when he is caught with the books, as Captain Beatty attempted to reprimand him. Kurdish protesters gathered to share their displeasure over the arrests of an estimated 38 journalists. One of the banners at the protest read, "You cannot silence free press." In 'Fahrenheit 451' there is no free press, as the media is largely filled with government propaganda. This is very similar to the current issues in Turkey, as a researcher from Human Rights Watch said, "It basically looks like all pro-Kurdish media... have been targeted in this operation." The Turkish government is looking to crack down on opposing forces who speak of them in a negative light, and is starting with the apparent arrests of Kurdish journalists who were simply doing their job. The society in 'Fahrenheit 451' is basically attempting to do the same thing as the Turkish government in censoring the media. Even though it is comparing fiction with non-fiction, the idea remains the same, which is that the use of censorship is becoming prevalent and nearly commonplace in today's world.

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