Fahrenheit 451 Misinterpreted

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is often 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.

In a video interview on his site, he says:

Fahrenheit is not about censorship. It’s about the moronic influence of popular culture through local TV news.

(I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating.)

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