How has censorship affected the society in the novel Fahrenheit 451?

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In Bradbury's dystopian society the government has censored literature and made it illegal to own books. It has taken a tough stance against intellectuals and made it nearly impossible to criticize society or the government. Individuals cannot freely express their opinions or grievances without fear of being arrested or harmed by government agents. Intellectuals have been forced to go rogue and travel outside of the city as wandering hobos. Censorship acts as an agent for the government to control the populace through fear and propaganda. People are forced to ingest medication to ease their minds because they cannot express their unpleasant feelings about the material, superficial society they live in. Instead of choosing to rebel against the government, the majority of citizens peacefully accept the propaganda and live unexamined lives. Censorship has also altered accomplished works of art and impeded human creativity throughout society. Citizens have essentially been brainwashed to accept entertainment in short, fast-paced doses, which are void of meaning and insightful concepts. As a result, it has created a brutal society programmed to enjoy adrenaline inducing experiences. Raised without morals or ethics, the dystopian society wages constant war and encourages violence.