What is an example of social commentary in Fahrenheit 451?

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The censorship aspect of Fahrenheit 451 is only one facet of Ray Bradbury's intent for the book. His initial idea was to satirize the expansion of television as a news and entertainment source in the 1940s and 1950s. Bradbury, like George Orwell, saw books as a very important source of intellectual and individual thinking, and was dismayed at the relegation of books to schools and libraries in favor of television. In the novel, people have giant TV screens that cover their walls, broadcasting government-approved news and entertainment 24/7; Montag's wife wants to have screens on all four walls of her parlor, so she can be entirely inundated in television. Bradbury's commentary on society has come true to an extent, with the advent of the Internet and cable TV; many people today read books only on rare occasions, getting all their information from digital sources.


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