Fahrenheit 451 Assignment
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Cambio magazine had been publishing things that involved that government and other issues in 2010. The editors had hoped to cover the upcoming election; however, they were closed before hand due to the “unhappy" officials in the Columbian government. These officials were upset with the way Cambio was advertizing recent events. Because the editors of the magazine could not write what they desired, the magazine company stopped printing. A similar event happened in Fahrenheit 451 when Montag came to a state of unhappiness and refused to go back to his job. He claimed that burning books had been a cause of his unhappiness and the answer would be in the books. Whether Beatty believed Montag or not when he said he was possibly going to go back to work, Montag knew at heart he was not. Montag’s desire not to return to work relates to Cambio’s stoppage of printing magazines without the full reasoning. Citizens believed that Cambio shut down due to economic reasons, but that was not the case at all. Montag’s false assumption of books bringing happiness was revealed through Faber and compares to the public’s assumption of Cambio. The Colombia government was similar to the government in Fahrenheit 451 because they preferred ignorance vs. knowledge as well. Cambio was depicting the government in a way that they did not agree with. Books being prohibited, in the same light, make sure that people are thus ignorant and are believed to have depicted the government in Fahrenheit 451 in a negative light. Therefore, the ideas expressed in the Colombia censorship video directly compare to Fahrenheit 451.

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Twitter blocked in Egypt amid street protests

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Twitter confirmed Tuesday evening that its microblogging site has been shuttered by Egyptian authorities.

 

Because Twitter had been blocked in Egypt, this act of censorship directly relates to
the censorship that occurs in Fahrenheit 451. The members in Montag’s society had begun to believe that books contain useless information. The incident that occurred through Egyptian authorities is an act of censorship because the authorities believed the information that was provided was useless and caused societal problematic issues. When Montag was talking to Faber about books, Faber had stated that books allow readers to think about the information they contain and continue reading at a different time. I think Twitter acts similarly because the users can login and out anytime they choose, resulting in thoughts worth dwelling on. Due to this information, the authorities have censored the website and the authorities in Montag’s society have censored books. Another example in Montag’s society involves Beatty. Beatty, when he was discussing the book issue with Montag, stated that “minorities” and special-interest groups found so many things in books objectionable that people finally abandoned debate and started burning books. These thoughts that stirred controversial arguments are the same thoughts that were developed when Twitter was permitted in Egypt. The article specifically comments on how much of a role does Twitter play in a average person’s life. According to Egyptian authorities, the site negatively impacted their society as books had done in Montag’s. Montag was very much devoted to the “happiness” he wished to find in books and Faber reassured him
that the secret was not in the books itself, but in the meaning behind the books. In the article, the Egyptians were revolting because of the censorship the authorities enforced. Most likely, the Egyptians were not agreeing with the censorship because it limited their “happiness” as well.

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CNN.com - Google to censor itself in China - Jan 25, 2006

Internet search engine Google has rolled out a China-based version of its popular Web site -- one that bows to Beijing's censorship laws and will edit the content of its results.

 

Ignorance vs. Knowledge is a common theme expressed in Fahrenheit 451. Montag’s society strongly supports ignorance over knowledge. Due to the burning of books, knowledge is constantly being cut short to the members of society. Similarly, in China, the government has made Google develop a certain program where only certain things
can be searched in Google. This ideal is censorship; however, it applies to knowledge vs. ignorance as well. The Chinese government wants their citizens to be ignorant rather than contain information that may stir societal issues. There is no way of knowing if the Chinese population knows that this censorship is occurring, however, the citizens are most likely aware. As for the society in Fahrenheit 451, the population did know that the information provided in books was prohibited. Faber stated that the meaning for the need for ignorance was due to the constant disagreement in the plots of the novels that contained minority problems. It is believed that censorship in China occurred due to the issues that may have been developed through disapproved sites. The greatest comparison that is developed between these two works involves the government or head authorities wanting their citizens to be ignorant in order to maintain power and control. There is much controversy over the issue because people believe Google should not agree to censor another country’s society. This controversial issue is apparent in Fahrenheit 451 as well. Montag and the group at the railroad were against the censorship of books. This compares to the people who are in disagreement of Google’s censorship in China.

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