Themes of Fahrenheit 451
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Internet Censorship Bill in U.S. Congress Today | The “PROTECT IP Act"

Internet Censorship Bill in U.S. Congress Today | The “PROTECT IP Act" | Themes of Fahrenheit 451 | Scoop.it

"PROTECT IP is an acronym for 'Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property.' PROTECT IP is also known as US Senate Bill S.968 and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) H.R.3261 The bill’s self proclaimed goal:..."

 

This Internet Censorship Bill protects the creative works of certain artists, whether it be music, literacy, or even just simple ideas. It acts as a protector of threats towards true creativity and does not allow any plagiarism or theft of ideas or concepts. A certain level of credibility is given to the original works as there is no way to negatively affect the work and its influence. Sometimes the technology of today can be quite destructing, but people don’t always realize it. Written works must always be preserved and this bill prevents the internet, or television, or any other form of electronic browsing from jeopardizing that goal. In Fahrenheit 451 this is nonexistent. All of the work that could be protected is destroyed and the criminals responsible are the citizens who gave in to the harmful ways of television and technology. The people let all of the hard work and dedication be destroyed and there would be no way to retrieve them once they are gone, except for, of course, the Dark Ages that assisted Montag after his chase with the officials. Without them there would be no hope for retaining the previous knowledge and ideas that were contained in books. They themselves acted as their own form of censorship by refusing to let technology diminish the literacy of their times.

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Censorship in America

Censorship in America | Themes of Fahrenheit 451 | Scoop.it

"When you censor someone, you potentially censor their ability to freely express themselves. However, there are many who take it upon themselves to incessantly scrutinize and block that which doesn't appeal to them."

 

This article really focusses on the negative effects of government censorship. The author expresses their mind on the whole idea and states that when you censor someone you not only censor what they are physically writing or creating, but you are also censoring their ability to freely express themselves. The author also includes the First Amendment in their argument in stating the question, “Do we really need to be censored in a country that allows us the freedom of speech?” There is no need to censor someone if they were originally granted the freedom of speech by an official government document. The government and firemen in Fahrenheit 451 commit the same crime in preventing the citizens of the freedom of speech. They do not allow anyone to read or even own books for any reason and by doing that they are defining the word “censorship.” As the firemen burn the books, they are censoring what it is that the citizens can read, or much less than that, even look at. Just as in today’s society the government refuses to let the people read and watch certain things by enacting restrictions for ages and some other requirements. In the novel, the government is not so much as putting restrictions on books, but completely discarding them from existence. The reasons are quite similar in the novel and in real life.

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The United States Government’s Willful Ignorance Is Costing Soldiers’ Lives

The United States Government’s Willful Ignorance Is Costing Soldiers’ Lives | Themes of Fahrenheit 451 | Scoop.it

"As far as I am concerned, the number one responsibility of an American administration, American elected “servants”, Sec Def, the Pentagon, and the entirety of upper echelon military circles is to declare the security of the United States, its citizenry, and its Warrior community as primary before choosing which strategy to employ and govern our use of force in the AO."

 

The author of this article is stressing on the idea that the Government is too ignorant to realize that sending more and more soldiers to war is not the best option for the nation. The government is supposed to protect the security of the United States and that is why they claim that they should still be sending soldiers to war. The U.S. government could just be trying to express their power and military strengths by overtaking these countries with influxes of soldiers rather than doing the job of protecting. When, in actuality, they are also supposed to be protecting the citizens themselves and by constantly sending people to war they are failing at that mission. The government is destroying the knowledge that was previously known, which stated that the citizens are most important. That their security was always at the top of the list, rather than political desires. Their ignorance was overshadowing the real needs of the people. In Fahrenheit 451, the firemen disregarded what was best for the society and concentrated on destroying all of the knowledge and information in the books. They had one goal and that was to prevent all citizens from reading. It was a bit absurd for them to think that this was really the best path for the society, but then again, the laws were not very reasonable. This government’s ignorance also forced the destruction of prior knowledge, but in this case, it included literal works of art.

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