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Nathan Lasselle
Nathan Lasselle

Fahrenheit 451

Technological Effects on Us
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Technological Effects on Us

The story “Fahrenheit 451” and the “National Average ACT Scores” both explore dystopian elements of a society consumed by technology and what happens if we ditch traditional books in exchange for addicting electronics. In 451, the United States is a changed place and now puts lots of economic funding into destroying books. In this process the United States implements an image of books as dangerous into the minds of citizens and brainwashing them with new technology. The negative effects of technology can be seen when Montag contemplate in his mind, “The living room; what a good job of labeling that was now...the walls were always talking to Mildred.” Bradbury is pointing out that in this switch from books to all-consuming technology can have negative effects on a person mentally and socially like when Mildred responded, “Why would I do a thing like that?” to Montag’s accusation that she overdosed, completely forgetting her actions from earlier. Bradbury’s claim that technology can have adverse effects on our life can also be show in the “National Average ACT Scores”. The statistics show a major drop in the “English, Reading, and Writing” portions of the test from 2012-2013. The drop signifies the advancement of technology that has occurred in America. Though this is not specifically confined to this time and not because teachers are doing a worse job a teaching, but because the independent reading aspect of a kid’s life is being replaced by hours of screen time. Similar to Mildred in 451, this technology is making us lose our reading and writing complexity our grandparents once had. Shown in a “PHYS” study, “words [are] being lost...more often in the past ten to twenty years than in all of the other eras in the period of study” likely because of new technologies use of technologies instead of books and spellchecker that has, “10 (to the seventh power) words that have been recorded by Google as part of its book digitizing process”. Life today seems all-consumed within the new technologies that have been invented in the early 21st century. In this process people have forgotten about the importance of books and the opportunities they provide for us about our history as a nation and species. It is important that individuals do not stay so plugged in and seduced by technology that they become delusional when unplugged.

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