Ray Bradbury's writing was prophetic. He wrote about things in Fahrenheit 451 that have come true. Books have been censored in the past, such as Huckleberry Finn because people thought it was racist, when it was nothing like that at all: it talked about a white fatherless boy becoming dear friends with a runaway slave. The message of this book conveyed hope.
Civilization's control over the free thoughts of the masses is taking place now as politicians and the government control what they want us to think and know. Wait for the election campaigns to get into full swing: then check the views that newspapers and news programming on TV are sending out to the public—THEN check the politics of the owners of the newspapers and tv stations. What we are hearing is often biased (though there are a few old school reporters who try to "tell it like it is." Others need the money, and have to conform.)
This is the case when we believe what advertisers say we should do and buy to be "cool." This make-up, that deodorant, this kind of car, that kind of clothing line: how do these things make us better? What drives advertisers? Money.
We rely too much on machines and not enough on our own intellect. We find ourselves unwilling to stand out as being different, and would rather be like others and do what they do.
If this sounds paranoid, so did Bradbury, and he was right on the money. Listen to your own intellect, recognize beauty and freedom for the true gifts they are, and think on your own. That's the world that Bradbury wanted for us.