Technology And Media In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Technology and media play a significant role in most people 's lives in today 's society. Digital devices are starting to rule over people 's lives. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury illustrates a fictional society that revolves around electronics. The people living in Bradbury 's creation are brainwashed by the government, almost programmed to be the same, with a world in which reading books is illegal. The novel sends a clear warning to the real world showing how electronics can destroy freedom and independence. Ray Bradbury created Fahrenheit 451 as a warning to society, hinting at the fact that the increasing amount of technology results in the lack of privacy, people in need being able to get real medical assistance, and tangible knowledge. …show more content…
As humans continue to crave convenience, large technological companies are starting to add features to make products easier to use. However, the consumers do not realize that in order for them to receive such large amounts of convenience, they are sacrificing their privacy. Some of Samsung’s new Smart Televisions ship off “...voice data to an unnamed third party—presumably for the purpose of translating the speech to text”(Newman). This perfectly illustrates how today’s latest technology is invading privacy, one step at a time. People who use the voice command feature on their television can accidentally say something that they should no tell others. Next, this third party company will know this private information about a consumer, because they unknowingly said it. Samsung has not even indicated which company they use, that they send the voice data to. This increases the worry and potential harm, because the people do not know where their voice is going. The world Ray Bradbury describes in Fahrenheit 451 has similar privacy dilemmas to the real world. Bradbury warns the real society of people having their privacy snatched away from them, when in the novel he showcases a society in which the people do not even have any privacy. All of their privacy has been taken away. An example of this is when the fire chief explains the job of a beastly mechanical hound, "All of those chemical balances and percentages on all of us here in the house are recorded in the master file downstairs"(24). The mechanical hound is able to trace the chemical balances of humans, picking up how a person feels, and much more information. This is an invasion of privacy because nobody should be able to look at someone’s feelings, and use them for anything, such as finding guilt or innocence for a crime. All in all, privacy issues are rising at high

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