In Fahrenheit 451, what is Clarisse's definition of being social?  What does it mean when Clarisse says "and them(educators/gov) telling us its wine when its not?

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Clarisse says it's not being social to get people together and then not let the people talk to one another.  She says that schools put people together but then they get those people occupied with an activity that doesn't really give the individuals a chance to talk with one another. She says they (students) have an hour of TV class, an hour of a sport, etc. There's never a discussion time.  When she says that it's "them telling us it's wine..." means that the schools claim that what they are doing is letting students socialize, but it's not really that.  The schools (and the government since the government runs the schools) are actually isolating students by keeping them busy with activities that discourage thought and intellectual interaction.  The government does not want people to share thoughts because then the people might see that what the government is doing is wrong.  The government owns the people of this society; they determine most people's every move and they discourage any independent thought.  People are kept stupid so that they don't think and realize what has happened to their society because people allowed this take over by the government of "Fahrenheit 451". Bradbury wants readers to see what happens when people don't read and think for themselves.