Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Fahrenheit 451 Misinterpreted

He says the culprit in Fahrenheit 451 is not the state — it is the people. Unlike Orwell’s 1984, in which the government uses television screens to indoctrinate citizens, Bradbury envisioned television as an opiate. In the book, Bradbury refers to televisions as “walls” and its actors as “family,” a truth evident to anyone who has heard a recap of network shows in which a fan refers to the characters by first name, as if they were relatives or friends.” Amy E. Boyle Johnston, LA Weekly

phlog ::: from editor :::



Yes, I very much agree with this. I think it is because of the movie and the time period when the movie was released, or our general mistrust of the government.
But the citizens did not want to be troubled with the thinking involved with books.  I think the analogy of the cars and everyone speeding around at break neck speeds is telling to this also. But the movie does it a disservice in capturing the essence of the authors intent. He (Bradbury) was commenting on society not the government. A quick note Bradbury could not have foreseen the Internet and communications revolution, i wonder how these thing would have changed the shape of his perceptions.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 16 Jul 07 at 10:56 PM
Commenting is not available in this section entry.