Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury
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Internet Censorship in China - Breaking World Internet Censorship News - The New York Times

Internet Censorship in China - Breaking World Internet Censorship News - The New York Times | Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury | Scoop.it

Internet censorship in China is currently very strict and harsh to the thousands of people residing in the country. As protest and revolts in the surrounding countries escalate, the Chinese government is determined to cease any antigovernment disposition among its people and throughout the country. They want to prevent as many protests, catastrophes, and resentment toward the Chinese authorities as possible. This can relate to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 in many ways. For instance, the government controlling Montag’s society banned and burned books to halt any anger and rebellious thoughts throughout the society, especially among the minorities. The government hoped to keep people calm and content, as well as ignorant. As China prohibits many internet websites and polices electronic communications and Montag’s society burns novels, both want to keep the people unaware of certain ideas or beliefs, therefore making them obedient to the government and to what the government desires. If they did not have these restrictions both societies would be chaotic, filled with anger, and rebellions. Both Montag’s and the Chinese governments are trying to stop disaster from occurring throughout each society, and maintain order and peace. Certainly, these prohibitions are to benefit only the government or people in control; NOT to help the general population. All they want is to stay powerful and maintain control over the people by restricting their rights and limiting their awareness/intelligence. It is clear that both the censorship in China and the censorship appearing within the society in Fahrenheit 451 have corresponding reasons and restrictions.

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Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Album Banned In Lebanon

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Album Banned In Lebanon | Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury | Scoop.it

Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way" was banned in Lebanon after being declared offensive to Christianity by Lebanese officials. The censorship appearing in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is very similar to the prohibition of “Born This Way” by the Lebanese authorities. In Fahrenheit 451 Captain Beatty declares that books were banned and burned in Montag’s society because the government wanted the people to be happier, to promote equality, and did not want the population to be exposed to the ideas or views that the books possessed. The reading of books creates independent thinking and different beliefs/ concepts; while the government within Bradbury’s novel wanted everybody to think the same and be the same, thus promoting equality. It is believed that reading books will cause anger and discontent throughout the entire population and even rebellion within the minorities due to their contents. All these reasons for burning books in Fahrenheit 451 can be seen as the main reasons for the banning of Lady Gaga’s album in Lebanon. Banning “Born This Way” would not only make offended Christians content within Lebanese societies but would also cease them from hearing Lady Gaga’s views on religion, homosexuality, and other disputed subjects. With Christianity as one of the two main religions in Lebanon, the government clearly does not want their people hearing the critical and harsh views of the Christian religion by Lady Gaga. The Lebanese officials do not wish for their people to be offended and manipulated by the new album which appears to mock Christian beliefs. It is believed that the prohibition of the album will cause less uneasiness and anger throughout the country. Obviously, censorship in Fahrenheit 451 can be seen in the censorship of “Born This Way” in Lebanon.

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Indian state bans Gandhi book after reviews hint at gay relationship

Indian state bans Gandhi book after reviews hint at gay relationship | Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury | Scoop.it

India banned a novel about Mahatma Gandhi by Joseph Lelyveld because it suggests that the great Indian leader was bisexual/homosexual. This censorship relates to the censorship appearing in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 because the people of India obviously do not want to hear the belief or suggestion that Gandhi may have been interested or attracted to men. Just in 2009 homosexuality was finally declared legal in India, but is still considered a huge disgrace and embarrassment to the Indian population. Therefore, they do not want to promote homosexuality in India and do not want this novel spreading throughout their communities; causing shock or even anger. They banned this book to “help” their people, to keep some happy, and to keep them ignorant to the fact that homosexuality is not a disgrace, is extremely common throughout today’s society, and can even be seen in their own leaders. In Fahrenheit 451 the government did not want people to read books because of the concepts and beliefs the books contain and wanted to keep them all ignorant. In both situations the leaders wanted to maintain order and keep the people believing in one specific idea. In the novel, the powers wanted to keep the people equal and content, while in India they want to maintain heterosexuality and the idea that homosexuality is wrong. Therefore, both powers wanted to push certain ideas into the peoples’ heads and not allow them to hear or even consider other views or concepts. Clearly, the censorship from Bradbury’s novel and India’s current society has similar justifications.

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