How does Clarisse feel about technology in Fahrenheit 451?

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In Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse McClellan is utterly disinterested in technology. She explains this to Montag when they first meet:

"I rarely watch the parlour walls or go to races or Fun Parks."

For Clarisse, life is about smelling the rain and collecting butterflies, not about spending time driving too fast or watching the family. Even at school, she finds that activities like "TV class" and "transcription history" are utterly pointless since they do not encourage students to think or ask questions:

"They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can't do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around."

Because she is so disinterested in the technology which is available to her, she has been cast out by her society: she is under surveillance, for example, and is forced to see a psychiatrist. Labelled as "anti-social," Clarisse provides the impetus for Montag's rebellion but tragically loses her life, probably as a result of a hit-and-run accident.