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"To what extent did society in Ray Bradbury's vision of the

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Hannah Graham

on 16 September 2013

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Transcript of "To what extent did society in Ray Bradbury's vision of the

There are a lot of similarities between the people in the real world and the people in the book.

Both societies depend on technology and some, if not many of us, are addicted to it. Everything has to be fast otherwise we get impatient and angry. It's gotten to the point where our brain gets so used to constant streams of data that it can "forget" how to synthesize the data and make it stick.
Like in the book, the government has some control over us. They show us what they want us to see and cover up things that they don't want the public to see. We live in a bubble of ignorance and like the people in the book many of us want to stay there. We don't want to know what's going on around us and those who do are afraid of the repercussions for speaking out.
American society has been in a steady decline for at least the past 50 years. Much of this is due to the lack of self interest, honor, rugged individualism, and selfishness. We've gotten more violent, more self-absorbed, and many of us don't care. As children we are prepared for the life of an adult and as an adult our lives revolve around work and money. We worry about looks and fitting in to the point of being unhealthy. And so many are hateful that they cast out others because they are different.
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To what extent did society in Ray Bradbury's vision of the future become a reality?
"Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge."
They're destroying themselves and if they just stepped back and took a good look they would see what's happening.
Ray Bradbury was very close on his predictions of how society would be. We surround ourselves with material objects and many have become self-absorbed and hateful. So many find important things like health and caring for others trivial. We focus more on fitting in and making sure others know how we feel. Those who are different are pushed around and cast out like Clarisse was. Both societies are alike in many ways, but Bradburys is more intense.
* Synthesize- combine ( a number of things) into a coherent whole
The majority will have more say over decisions than individual or minority groups. Some examples are slavery, segregation, and bans of interracial marriage and gay marriage. Those with more power make the decisions even if they're unethical
"The terrible tyranny of the majority."
“There are too many of us, he thought. There are billions of us and that's too many. Nobody knows anyone. Strangers come and violate you. Strangers come and cut your heart out. Strangers come and take your blood. Good God, who were those men? I never saw them before in my life!”
There are so many people around us yet we don't know who many of them are. We attack strangers for no reason and talk behind their backs. So few of us bother to make new friends and so many don't care about others and their welfare.
*segregation- the action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things or being set apart.
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