It’s right that, the people, not the government has caused this society; why it was possible to create such a society?

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Ray Bradbury said, "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.  Just get people to stop reading them."  This is what has happened to the society of "Fahrenheit 451".  Beatty explains it to Montag in the first section of the book when he goes to visit Montag who has called in sick.  Beatty says, foremost, that reading matter was made bland because anything deemed offensive was removed. No group was to be offended. That turned literature into "vanilla tapioca" making it boring and eliminating much literature completely.  Beatty also says that people wanted everything to come to them faster and faster.  People didn't want to take the time to read an entire book or news article, so they were condensed into progressively shorter, less colorful pieces.  Again, this made for boring material.  Emphasis was put more on the immediate.  Everything was directed toward the job and the fun to be had after work.  Sports, games, entertainment became the priority leaving no time to read even if there was something to read.  It would be extremely easy to create such a society as seen in the book.  Maybe not to the same degree that is shown, but the hurry-up of society, the emphasis on fun, and certainly, the "let's not offend anyone" attitude certainly pave the way for the society Bradbury shows us.

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