Warning from Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 and RealWhat warnings about our own world are suggested by Ray Bradbury in the society he depicts?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Warnings about a government with too much authority, and against the conformity of a people who have forgotten how to question or even how to think independently are relevant in the modern day. Included is a warning against over-reliance on technology, on mood altering drugs (anti-depressants in the modern day, Valium in the 1960s) and on trusting the media with the information they give you and the judgements they make. I like Bradbury's statement in the afterword, about how there is more than one way to burn a book, simply by not reading them, or by editing them for content to fit a modern standard of what's considered appropriate.
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Bradbury paints a very bleak picture of a society that is virtually without feeling in which each of its members are given the illusion of happiness and contentment, but they are actually just living very bland lives. His warning about our own world is not to become so politically correct that we eradicate feelings all together. Montag's society was created as a result of people who felt offended by certain books like the Bible or Little Black Sambo. People felt that literature of the time was offensive either religiously, racially, sexually, politically, and the like. He was basically arguing for the freedom to speak and feel without the fear of persecution. He thinks it is dangerous to allow the government to have such a tight choke-hold on the printed word and that societies can run the risk of an overly correct society in which it is no longer alright to feel or think anything because someone might get offended.