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6 Reasons We're In Another 'Book-Burning' Period in History

6 Reasons We're In Another 'Book-Burning' Period in History | Farenheit 451 | Scoop.it

In this article, written by Peter Davis, he describes about the book burnings that is going on in our era all across the globe. Much like the firefighters in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Mr. Davis goes around in search of books and burns them. However, there is a distinct difference between the two. While the firefighters do it to destroy the knowledge contained within the novels, Mr. Davis does it because the libraries need to get rid of books due to a lack of storage space for them and to be able to keep updated with the latest books coming out. In addition, while most of the firefighters enjoy their job, Mr. Davis wishes that he could save the books that he has to destroy, similar to how Montag begins to feel after having met Clarisse McClellan. The lack of storage to house the books is most likely the cause of a lack of funding to expand the libraries because of the decline of interest in reading novels. Also, the reason they cannot be given away because that would be much more expensive than just burning them, due to the time it takes to remove all of the security features put into the books to keep them from being stolen. If the interest in reading was not curtailed by the internet and television, much like how television and radio declined the interest in books and banning of them in the novel, than there would probably be more funding put into the libraries and keeping of the old books instead of burning them. As a result of this, the libraries could keep shrinking and eventually cease to be the libraries that we all know.

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DylanSmith's curator insight, June 25, 2013 9:54 PM

This article proposed the theory that we have entered into a era of book burning in the United States. The article lists off reasons why books are unpopular today and for the most part unused, which is why the author believes we are in a era of 'book burning'. This topic relates to the Ray Bradbury book Farenheit 451, and can be connected to some of the same details found in the book.

 

I think this would be an interesting current event article to bring in to students and have a discussion with them about it. I believe this would be benefical to students because it would give them an oppertunity to think critically about the current event at hand while relatting it to the Ray Bradbury novel. If students could make connections between the article and Ray Bradbury's book, then hopefully they will have a greater understanding about each. 

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Hackers plot DIY Sputniks for Internet freedom

Hackers plot DIY Sputniks for Internet freedom | Farenheit 451 | Scoop.it

With the plan of deploying their own communications satellite into orbit, this group of hackers is much like the band of characters Montag eventually meets up with after having been on the run for quite some time. By deploying their own satellite, this group of hacker’s hopes to set up a communication network in which the information that flows throughout it will not be tampered with or censored by any government sanctions. This is in part going forth due to SOPA, which is currently being discussed in the senate, and could bring about the closing of websites by government officials for reasons such as stating something negative about the United States government. The group of nomadic book lovers, whom Montag meets up with, shares a similar thinking as the hackers in trying to get around the attempts at censorship being put forth by the government. The group in the novel, led by Granger, memorizes countless novels in order to preserve their literary greatness and to be able to eventually pass them down. By doing this, they are able to keep the knowledge that is out there and given to them by books and get around the system so as to not get into trouble. The hackers also want to keep free the information that is out there and not let the government control what the people are able to know. If these satellites get launched, than the group of hackers will have become as successful as the group of book lovers in the novel.

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Print, TV, You’re Out. The Internet is Taking Over.

Print, TV, You’re Out. The Internet is Taking Over. | Farenheit 451 | Scoop.it

In this article by Kristen Pavon, she discusses how the internet’s ability to enable quick communication is slowly overtaking the old way of communicating through telephone calls and mail, much like in Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, how the radio and television had taken over the old form of entertainment of reading books. In the novel, the majority of the population had been turned onto entertainment in the forms of radio and television. As a result, books were able to be banned because it required less effort and energy out of people to sit and watch a television show than to focus on pages in a novel and comprehend their meanings. This made the world become quicker, with everyone expecting things to be somewhat instantaneous, much like in today’s world. Now a day, when someone wants to communicate with another person they instantly turn towards text messages or e-mails. This quick reception of messages has begun to make phone calls and actual letters become obsolete, like how the books in the novels became obsolete. Eventually it could reach that level where people no longer want to communicate using phone calls and will only want their messages to be received in the blink of an eye and an answer sent back as quick. It could become like in the novel where telephones, like the novels, could be seen as detrimental to society, but due to the fact they do not send information as quickly and hinder the productivity that a person has due to lengthened conversations.

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