In Bradbury's work, examine what televisions represent.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Television represents much in way of the dehumanization caused by technology.  It is an alienating force.  Television is shown as a force that causes people to lose touch with the reality around them and become subsumed by the reality that television presents.  Mildred embodies this.  Television lures people into its world, one that is not real but one that "feels" real enough so that individuals become subsumed with it and nothing else.  Television represents the domain in which individuals forgo connections between themselves and the real world and enter into a world that feels real, but is not.  Television also represents how technology can be used by those in the position of power to advance their own claim to it.  Television prevents people from taking action, thinking for themselves, and acting upon their own sense of voice.  Instead, television provides that voice to the people.  It lulls them into a false sense of security that precludes action from being taken.  Millie is content with television, never asking questions about her own life and the world around her.  It is for this reason that she does not understand herself and overdoes on sleeping pills.  Television is shown to represent a reality that is not reality.

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