The dystopian element of a society living in a dehumanized or desensitized state as a result of media and entertainment is portrayed throughout both the book “Fahrenheit 451” written by Ray Bradbury and in current day, demonstrated through the Time article by Jamie Ducharme “Here’s Why You Can Shut Out the Shock of Mass Shootings.” Ducharme explains that the impact of “exposure to violent media” can desensitize people to “pain and suffering of others in real life.” As violence is encountered regularly and from a safe place, one becomes comfortable with it through that perspective and can lose the importance and reality of the situation. In “Fahrenheit 451” much of the society spends their time and energy engaged with the “relatives.” This happy, thoughtless, seemingly normal world becomes a sort of safe place for them. So when they deal with any sort of problem in reality, their reaction is to “be cheery” and “turn the ‘family’ on” to escape their real life. Bradbury is cautioning that spending too much time out of reality can limit society’s ability to function properly in it.
The common dystopian element of independent thought being avoided for fear of uncomfortable feelings can be found within the TED talk given by Sir Ken Robinson “Do schools kill creativity” and the book “Fahrenheit 451” written by Ray Bradbury. According to Robinson, children are by nature “not frightened of being wrong”. They will think up and voice anything and everything. As time goes on though, they “become frightened of being wrong”. Robinson believes that the standard system of education for such a wide range of people actually ends up hurting a student's courage to create their own idea. Being wrong is “stigmatized” in school and even society which associates bad feelings with individual thought and as a result is avoided. In Fahrenheit 451 the society is uncomfortable asking why, “You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed if you keep at it.”(58) Bradbury warns that the avoidance and fear of uncomfortable subjects and feelings has gone too far in this situation and has left the society without much independent thought. Uncomfortable feelings must not be avoided or feared for much growth and good can also come out of it. So by getting rid of that element of thought you get rid of societal differences and progression.