What social trends does Ray Bradbury observe and see as potential problems for society?

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In his novel Fahrenheit 451 and many of his short stories, Bradbury sees human over-reliance on technology as a potentially serious problem for society.

In both Fahrenheit 451 and his short story "There Will Come Soft Rains," for example, societies—or at least cities—are destroyed by nuclear blasts after their citizens become over-dependent on technology.

In "The Veldt," letting a highly technological house, particularly the nursery, take over a family's life leads two children to murder their parents through technology, while in "The Sound of Thunder," the ability to travel back to the age of the dinosaurs for frivolous safaris leads to changing history in a terrible way. In "The Pedestrian," society has become so technological that a man who takes walks is considered insane.

Over and over, Bradbury warns that human relationships and a relationship with the natural world are more important than reliance on technology. To his mind, a society that get too dazzled by technology and too dependent on it is a society that is doomed.

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Based on Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury observes the increasing power of government is a societal problem. The government in the book cracks down on any dissent, or disagreement, and tries to prevent people from thinking about what their leaders are doing by encouraging people to immerse themselves in constant mindless entertainment, such as watching TV on all their walls. The government also bans books because reading might make people think. Bradbury identifies the mindlessness of modern society as a problem that can cause people to submit to dictatorial governments. In the society in Fahrenheit 451, firefighters burn books to ensure no one reads. It's a society in which everyone must conform to mindless activities or be killed summarily. People like Clarisse who are non-conformists are quickly eliminated. In the end, this society self-destructs when atomic bombs are dropped on it, and Bradbury suggests a new and more aware society might take its place. 

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