Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, revisited

Marc Rotenberg revisits Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451:

Fahrenheit 451 is not simply about book burning. This is a world where the culture of censorship has permeated the public and the where the culture of censorship has permeated the public and the private. There is no intellectual life. There is no political life. Interactive broadband technology provides endless entertainment through the full-screen images that appear on the walls of a parlor room. Words of meaning cannot be transmitted in any physical media. They must be memorized and passed on as they were before the printing press, before the written word.

This is one of my favorite books, it really kick starts thoughts of how valuable free flow of information actually is.

Via Doc Searls weblog

4 thoughts on “Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, revisited”

  1. Our 8th grade enrichment class has just finished the book Fahrenheit 451. We are now involved with a PowerPoint project concerning your book, and I would like to know what inspired you to write this book.

    Thank you very much

  2. i am a senior and my english class is reading this book. it is what we are using for our midterm one of the questions we are going to have to know is why all the houses are fireproof in this society… i cant for the life of me find where it mentions why in the book…. would you be able to tell me why?

  3. Im a freshmen in high school, and we read this book in my honors english class. The society in the book is based around happiness, and fire is a very unhappy thing, so they fireproofed all the houses

  4. does anyone know ray;s email address?? im doing a project on him at school and i think it would be sweet if i emailed him….

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