Essay on Intelligence or Advanced Ignorance
Millie's friends, as well as the rest of their society could really care less about what was happening to the world around them. The only thing people cared about was themselves and their precious parlor walls. They were so immersed in the technology and media around them, that they would believe anything the government told them. An example of this would be when the government told them that it was going to be a, “Quick war. Forty-eight hours, they said, and everyone home. That's what the Army said.” (94). The people were so quick to believe whatever the government told them, they didn't doubt the government or the way they lived for one second. Another thing with their parlor walls is that it feeds them (in most cases) false information, it warps and twists their perspective on life. It tells them how to make decisions and how to live and think.
In the book Faber gives an excellent point of the difference between books and TV, as Faber put it, “...you can't argue with the four-wall televisor. Why? The televisor is 'real'. It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn't time to protest, 'What