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Nathan Lasselle
Nathan Lasselle

Fahrenheit 451 and Brainwashing

The Effect of Media on Society

The Effect of Media on Society

The story ”Fahrenheit 451” and “Be Afraid, America.” both share distopian elements of technological and buerocratic control and what happens if we succumb to a biased news and fail to explore different sides of an issue or event. In 451 the United States is a changed place than how we know it today. Technology has become to play an even more key factor in people’s lives than it is today. This though has went to the extent of complete addiction and consumption for most people and allows the government and news networks to easily manipulate people’s opinions. Mrs. Bowles (Mildred’s friend) exclaims that, “I voted last election...I laid it on the line for President Noble. I think he’s one of the nicest looking men ever become president.” Bowels, like Mildred, both have become consumed by the new technology that has posed itself in this dystopian society. This technology the two have been watching is easily able to be controlled by the government as it is the only channel that is provided. The government and news channel attempts to entertain and draw in the audience by showing duels and verbal skirmishes. This in turn seduces Mildred and Bowels from forgetting about the key qualities in a politician or person and becoming brainwashed into thinking the best looker is the best human being. In “Be Afraid, America” a neuronthropogist (person who studies the brain), Mallory Meter describes America’s developing technological culture as “negative”. Meter states that, “Girls see negative body images splashed across the magazines they read, and they starve themselves until they match those images” which directly correlates to the harsh technological culture that has sprung up in current day America. The struggle for perfection In current day America connects to the 451 because of the brainwashing effect that both of the have had on society by the constant bias and controlling of technology and social media.

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