In Fahrenheit 451, what is the meaning of the following quote? "It is an environment as real as the world."
In this quote, Faber is discussing the power of his society's televisions, in which three or four full walls of a room are filled with color images. He is comparing the power of these vivid electronic transmissions to the power of books. Books, he says, are preferable because humans have control over them. They can be shut, thought about, reasoned with, and argued over. In contrast, the televised view screens determine human perception. They overwhelm people with their sensory output. Faber says:
It is an environment as real as the world. It becomes and is the truth. Books can be beaten down with reason. But with all my knowledge . . . I have never been able to argue with a one-hundred-piece symphony orchestra, full color, three dimensions . . .
Because the technology behind the televised images is so powerful, it obliterates human reason. Faber prefers the...
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