In the 1950s, Ray Bradbury came up with an idea that personal relationships would be second priority to technology. Over fifty years later, Bradbury was on the right track to America’s future. As we learn more about technology, we have become a technological based society that revolves around devices and social media. Fahrenheit 451 is an extreme view of our futuristic society, saying knowledge was not important and personal relationships were unlikely. Bradbury’s depiction of a futuristic society is inaccurate towards our society today, specifically the extreme views on importance, yet some ideas were similar, and others could possibly be the future of our society in several decades. Our society overall is similar to some of Bradbury’s opinions, and could possibly be our future.
Luckily we are not living in a era that society is solely technology based, and will not allow its citizens to be informed of the past. In these two ways our society is completely different from Bradbury’s dystopian society. In Fahrenheit 451, their society does not value knowledge, which is exemplified when Beatty is speaking to Montag about school.
“Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally ‘bright,’ did most of the reciting and answering while the others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him. And wasn’t it this bright boy you beatings and tortures after school?… We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, buy everyone made equal.” (Bradbury 58).
As Beatty explains this to Montag, it shows the reader that all that matters in this society is not being that ‘bright kid’ and we have to make sure we are equal, if one person is more intelligent then another, then we are not equal. Therefore, if we do not try to make anyone intelligent, then they will be all equal. It is completely irrational to not value intelligence and creativity of thinking, because that would be taking away some of their humanity, which includes thinking and opinions (Deragon). Fortunately, our western society values expressing yourself through creative ideas and thinking (Kim). Bradbury’s predictions on the future of the importance of education, is the polar opposite of what we believe as a society today. Today our goal as students is to get good grades, to get good jobs and education is one of the ways to get there. Our importance on intelligence is key to advancing our knowledge in technology, world issues, and the path to a peaceful society. Although we do incorporate technology into our lifestyle, it is not the top priority. Instead, society’s top priority is educating the next generation.
As the years continue on, what Bradbury predicted about the future might be true. Today we have become a more technological savvy society, becoming less connected with personal relationships, but instead connected with each other through social media. Mildred does not want to deal with personal problems...