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Lauren Irvine, Fife Osikoya, Ellen Suchomel

Mrs. Cox
English 281
16 November 2015
Technology over Books: Making a Dystopia into Reality
Massacre of books, the burning of millions of memories, that were never to be retrieved
again. Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 ,a detailed depiction of a dystopian society, shows a world
without books; brainwashed by television and popular culture. Our society could soon parallel
this backward way of life. The novels dystopia predicts how todays society disregards the
importance of books. Although, todays society does not portray a society as strict as the
dystopia in the novel; it could eventually end up like the one described in this novel because the
world today focuses more on technology and social media than the value of learning and reading
the thoughts of the worlds most acclaimed authors.
Today, people and phones appear synonymously with each other ,but with books; much
on the contrary. One article states, Books, for example, are not banned; they have simply been
rendered quaint and uninteresting in relation to the much hipper electronic cultural forms of the
era (Booker). Bradbury describes the technology as a mechanical hound that slept but did not
sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel in
a dark corner of the firehouse (21). The Hound possesses no conscious mind, just programming,
just like many of the citizens. The firemen would rely on it do most of their job just like how
today computers do most of the work. The first quote shows how books now dont gain interest
and people find new technology more intriguing. Today shows the beginning of the harsh
nightmare in which speculators imagined; from when man controlled technology to technology

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controlling man. This also displays the struggle in which deviating from the idea of letting
modern software take the place of natural-born memory. Through time, future generations
inevitably will succumb to advanced technology.
The demand of books decreased due to the need for knowledge declining; noticeably less
and less willingness to voluntarily think about the purpose of them. Bradbury writes about
cautionary tales of the dangers of unrestricted scientific and technological progress, and his
work has a strong moral core, encouraging the hope that humanity will deal creatively and
ethically (Paradowski). In the novel, Faber says because they have quality. And what does the
word quality mean? To me it means texture (Bradbury 79). Ray Bradbury wrote to warn against
the road society was headed toward during the progression of technology. He cautioned because
books were being disregarded even though they hold much knowledge and value. He
experienced first-hand the effect that books can have on a person and he continues to show
people what society might look like if it continues in the path it is headed down right now. In the
novel, Faber listed the three reasons thaback up the importance of books and quality was the
first. It proves that books have great value. They have meaning and knowledge that affect each
person differently. Today,t most kids dont read unless they are forced to with school; that is one
way how books have lost their quality and value. Slowly, society steps closer and closer to the
dystopia in the novel when the citizens lose the knowledge of books.
Todays society will eventually evolve into one that resembles the dystopia from the
novel if the traditions and customs do not change through time. Books are already losing value
as technology advances. In Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451, the future society resembles what
todays society is becoming.