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Ray Bradbury's Fear Of Modern Technology

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Technology has become an increasingly advanced as well as an important aspect in modern society. That is why Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, was right to fear books and other printed sources would be replaced by modern technology. Technology has contributed to the significant loss of time children spend reading. Additionally, eBooks have replaced print books. Moreover, television and radio have replaced newspapers as the dominant source of information.
Many people argue that technology has made information from printed sources more available. “We can all come together immediately, live, in words or pictures, thanks to the power of cell phones, computers, televisions, and cameras. The way we socialize, learn, plan, and communicate are constantly improving because of advancing technology” (Walker). Walker continues to state that students can take classes that many small or poverty-stricken communities wouldn’t be able to offer. For example, foreign languages and advanced courses are some classes that small or poor communities just cannot offer in a classroom setting. 1.75 million students took these online courses last year, and it is predicted to increase to 10.5 million students by the year 2014. However, this has decreased the amount of textbooks sold. “According to a recent survey, 62 percent of students said they would choose an electronic textbook over a new print textbook” (“THEY WOULD SAY THAT....”). Many students are choosing electronic textbooks over print textbooks.
Undoubtedly, educational programming, such as Sesame Street, has played a significant role in educating children in a fun and interactive way. “Educational television has proved an important tool in strengthening the preschool skills of young children” (“No Child Left Behind Act”). However, what about the less fortunate children who cannot afford such educational tools? Stated earlier in the same article, “For example, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics, 56 percent of beginning kindergartners at risk of school failure (because of factors such as low family income and low parent education) cannot identify more than two or three letters of the alphabet by name, 61 percent cannot identify the beginning sound of a word, and 83 percent cannot identify the ending sound of a word.” Christopher Mims states “One in five children in the U.S. lives below the poverty line, and those numbers are likely to increase as the world economy continues to work through a painful de-leveraging of accrued debt… They [printed books] are inherently amenable to the frictionless dissemination of information. Durable and cheap to produce, to the point of disposability, their abundance, which we currently take for granted, has been a constant and invisible force for the creation of an informed citizenry.” If society continues to press eBooks and educational television rather than printed books, less fortunate children will have no source of...

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