Technology Ignited on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradury

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Technology IgnitedWho could imagine a future where books are illegal and technology thrives? Ray Bradbury writes similar situation where wondrously innovative technologies rule over books, nature, and an overall meaningful life. A few of his revolutionary ideas include seashell radios, parlor televisions, and mechanical televisions. All of which are enjoyed by Guy Montag, the conforming protagonist who works as an established fireman of ten years, until one seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse McClellan changes his whole perspective on life with one simple question: Are you happy? These along with a series of unfortunate events that follow lead Montag on an immense journey where he must fight for his life and eventually rebuild civilization with intellectual survivors. In Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury depicts a distant future where the state of technology far surpassed that available at the time of publishing in nine-teen fifty-three, and yet most of his imaginary, almost foolish inventions are becoming if not already a part of our reality today.

At the time of Fahrenheit 451's publishing America seemed like a very foreign world compared to the country today. The Cold War ending was only rebuked by President Truman leading the U.S. into the Korean War. The threat of nuclear bombing was almost becoming a status quo being pushed around like the athletically impaired child in gymclass. The space race was paralleled by the super bomb race, president Truman was almostassassinated, and the 'Church' of Scientology was founded; however, the fabulous fifties also had rather revolutionary events that leaned more towards the light side. Actually this decade was rather productive with the inventions of the computer, Univac, a polio vaccine, and color television. Velcro, power-steering, and Mr. Potato Head were also a part of this revolutionizing time. Not only were there technological advances in this era, but...