Effects Of Censorship In Fahrenheit 451

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The government has no right to censor publications. Fahrenheit 451 presents a dystopian world where the government censors publications by the use of technology and by the burning of books. This is similar to the evidence found in North Korea of censoring most internet and technology services for the ‘good’ of society. Both governments want to censor publications in a way that will keep society equal. The government should not censor publications because citizens free thoughts are repressed and people will have a difficult time learning the truth about key society issues. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury presents a dystopia in which people of the future are so wrapped up in the mind numbing effects of technology that they refuse to think, …show more content…
The government in Fahrenheit 451 makes sure the people are ignorant by burning all books and anything that could give them an idea of what goes on in the outside world. Without books the people’s only source of entertainment are watching their pantry walls or racing cars: things which do not require thinking. In the book Captain Beatty explained to Montag, "We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon " (Bradbury 27). Captain Beatty explains that once everyone is equal, there will be no comparison between citizens. This will prevent people from weeping over the fact that others are better than themselves. He then compares books to a loaded weapon, and explains that firefighters from this world are capable of taking away the bullets from those ‘guns’. The North Korean government customizes their media anyway that they would like, to the point that most of it is a lie. They censor all bad media attention, and will not let journalists into their country. Rick Gladstone said, “To keep their grip on power, repressive regimes use a combination of media monopoly, harassment, spying, threats of journalist imprisonment and restriction of journalists’ entry into or movements within their countries” (NY Times). The North Korean government alters all media coverage and controls the publicity of their country to keep citizens happy. The restriction of journalism inside North Korea is to keep citizens believing the fact that their is nothing wrong. Both governments want their

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