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

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Another effect of censorship is that it has dumbed down society. Instead of allowing people the opportunity to think and to pursue academic study, censorship only permits self-gratification and entertainment. This is shown through the following quote from Beatty:

Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of "facts" they feel stuffed, but absolutely "brilliant" with information . . . Don't give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with.

In other words, censorship creates the illusion of thinking. The society carefully controls the information that people have access to, in order to prevent them from grappling with real, academic problems. Society fears that if people are exposed to real problems, or "combustible data," they will feel negative emotions.

This idea of dumbing down is now present in the education system. As we learn from Clarisse, academic subjects have been dropped from the school curriculum, and students now spend their...

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