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Old April 8th, 2018, 06:46 PM   #11
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I don't think 451 is about books per se, it's more so about the dangers of a society in which people don't value learning or exposure to new information.
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Old April 8th, 2018, 07:10 PM   #12
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I don't think 451 is about books per se, it's more so about the dangers of a society in which people don't value learning or exposure to new information.
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Yes and no--this is actually why I was a bit hesitant on RNG's comment about 'podcasts', though I generally agree with his position.


Bradbury warned about society growing increasingly shallow, superficial, caught up in drug-like immediate entertainment that numbed them to the realities of the world and left the population susceptible to exploitation/obliviousness/lacking proper emotional & intellectual stability. Actually, that is much like Huxley's "Brave New World" and the drug 'Soma'.

At the time Bradbury was writing, reading books was the only serious way of exploring and attaining the deepest knowledge Humanity had amassed up to that point--and thus 'intellectual training' which spurs original creative thought, generally. However, as you rightly pointed out, that really is not the case anymore. Not that the traditional 'tv' is a good alternative (or, not exactly what he was warning of), but well structured lectures, courses, podcasts, etc. (such as is found in MOOC's, etc.) would seem to fit into the idea of "books" he was referring to. Also, books transport the mind and demand that it creates its own 'movie', which is training the imagination that Bradbury seemed to take very seriously.

Personally, I think his point very much stands. The low numbers of people reading are abysmally poor, about half the internet is pornography, educational resources are at an all-time high (by far), though we do not see a significant upshot in education, reality tv shows he would obviously despise, etc. etc.

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