October 4, 2007

Discussion Question: Have we stopped reading?

The following text is excerpted from the Big Read's Reader's Guide on Fahrenheit 451, reprinted courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Montag comes to learn that "firemen are rarely necessary" because "the public stopped reading of its own accord." Bradbury wrote his novel in 1953: To what extent has his prophecy come true today?


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This question is excerpted from the Big Read's Reader's Guide on Fahrenheit 451, reprinted courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello, my name is Kyle and i have just finished reading for F451 for my english class. I think that Bradbury was almost completely correct when he invisioned our future today. The majority of people in the world have turned away from reading and push more towards other forms of entertainment. Such as television and movies and music.

Jaron said...

I think Kyle is absolutely right. To expand on his statement, not only do we as a society prefer other media, those that do find themselves reading tend to read blogs or websites, material that tends to have little to no substance. What is worse: to stop reading entirely, or to waste the ability on trivial material?
Additionally, we can interpret F451's society as a complacent one, that even before they gave up reading they ignored the consequences or meaning of the things they read. Society today seems more complacent to just accept what we read as fact.

~Jaron