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Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 does not give a clear explanation
for the censorship of literature in the future. One idea is that perhaps the
government is fearful of a rise of intellectuals. However, Bradbury states that
this is not the reason for his work. The other idea is that competing forms of
entertainment have made people less accustomed to reading. In the city
described in Fahrenheit 451, society is surrounded and fueled by fast cars,
loud music, and advertisements. The thought of stopping for a moment to smell
flowers is completely absurd. Although this world is an exaggerated view of the
future, people even today are not very stimulated by books. We are now more
accustomed to having facts given to us rather than searching for it ourselves.
The beauty of reading and understanding books is slowly receding. The
competition between reading and other entertainment has even caused The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution's book editor, Teresa Weaver to lose her job. However, not
everyone has lost the general interest of reading. A small group gathered in
front of AJC's headquarters and hosted a "read-in," in which
protesters would quietly read books in front of AJC headquarters while others
praised Weaver and talked about why the paper was making a bad decision.
Similarly, in Bradbury's novel, a small contingent gathered on the outskirts of
society awaiting the day that society would once again approve of the books
they had committed to memory. But the question still remains; will humanity
once again find the beauty within the leisureliness of taking the time to read
a novel?

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Twitter blocked in Egypt amid street protests

Twitter blocked in Egypt amid street protests | McGowan_Fahrenheit 451 | Scoop.it

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

 

Modern protests are now spurred on by computer-savvy activists.
In Cairo, Egypt, citizens attempted to overthrow their president Hosni
Mubarak's thirty year reign over the country through massive marches and sit-ins
which, at times, became hostile. The government attempted to control these
protests which lead to violence on both sides. The citizens were aggressive and
continued to fight for freedom, and as numbers multiplied government
authorities turned to censorship. In January of 2011, "Twitter confirmed...that
its microblogging site has been shuttered by Egyptian authorities."
Officials claim it to be an attempt to put an end to the brutality and death
brought on by the protests, while citizens continue with an iron fist to attain
the freedom they have lost through corruption.

 

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 describes a homogenized world in which books are burned to suppress
knowledge. The belief of this government which Beatty states on page 58 is that,
"We
must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says,
but everyone made equal." Like the government in Egypt, this futuristic
society seeks to abolish freedom and intelligence and promote equality. Bradbury demonstrates
the hypocrisy of this statement through his multiple references to depression
and death when citizens commit suicide brought on by their homogonous life.
Ultimately, the factors that contribute to Bradbury's image of a book-burning
society and the censorship of modern governments, although arguably meant to
keep peace, only strips one of their right to freedom, individuality, and
happiness.

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Here's How Hackers Plan On Getting Around That Internet Censorship Bill

Here's How Hackers Plan On Getting Around That Internet Censorship Bill | McGowan_Fahrenheit 451 | Scoop.it

Start your own Internet....

 

 

 At the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, Nick
Farr promotes his idea to establish a system of satellites in space to control
an uncensored internet. The project's organizers call it a "Hackerspace
Global Grid," and it is meant to oppose threats to online freedom. The
first amendment states that American citizens have the right to a freedom of
speech, but hacker activist Nick Farr feels this freedom is slowly being
stripped away. According to the Stop Online Piracy Act, some sites can be
blocked on copyright grounds. Computer hackers plan to take the internet beyond
the reach of censors by putting their communication satellites into orbit.
According to Professor Alan Woodward, "Outer space is not governed by the
countries over which it floats. So, theoretically it could be a place for
illegal communication to thrive."

Montag, the protagonist in Fahrenheit 451 is unquestionably similar to Nick Farr. He sees a
problem in the government and actively attempts to take control of the
situation. During his escape from the city, he is broadcast on television for
everyone to watch. This could perhaps spark rebellion in another person's mind.
When he reaches the counterculture of intellectuals in the countryside, he
learns that they have stored information in their memories. Like the idea of
placing a satellite in space away from governmental control, one cannot tamper
with another's memory. Throughout his escape, Montag continuously contemplates
reprinting all of the books, even the ones committed to memory. In America,
hackers hope to rebuild the entire world wide web. Ray Bradbury's story is
eerily parallel to today's society.

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