Up in Smoke
In a time where absent mindedness is the new black, Guy Montag finds himself setting new trends.He is one of the only people in 2053 that realizes that knowledge is power. If ignorance is bliss, the year 2053 is paradise.
Technology is a bittersweet device, it has the ability to unite and divide the masses. In 2053 as well as 2017, people find themselves engulfed in their devices. It is easier for people to stick their heads in the sand and avoid genuine problems if they can stick seashells in their ears and zone out. In the world today the people’s demand for more advanced and effective machinery, has launched the world into a more technological society. People not only demand that more technology be created, they demand that it perform faster than before. There is a high market for things that take less time to complete. However, even though technology makes life easier and opens up more free time, it is not being utilized in the way that is expected. In 2053, Television is becoming a babysitter and mothers are desensitized and conditioned to despise their own children. Technology is also eliminating the need for personal knowledge, with computers, there is no reason to memorize things for personal growth. It is entirely taboo to use a book to find information when the world is at the fingertips of the one using the keyboard.
In the future, cars as well are modified to suit the citizens of the future. Cars are able to travel much quicker and the speed limits are much greater than before. Clarisse and Montag make it obvious that they live in a fast world when Clarisse notices how fast drivers go, saying that they “don’t know what grass is, or flowers because they never see them slowly,” and that “If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles an hour and they jailed him for two days” (Bradbury 6)....