The novel “Fahrenheit 451” and the article “YouTube Censorship” both touch on the dystopian characteristic where information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted on the basis that it is helping the society stay “happy.” According to Beatty, books are “full of evil thoughts” that the officials are trying to protect the people from and in result, they believe that the people in the society “can stay happy all the time.” Beatty also touches on the fact that in order for everyone to maintain the state of “happiness”, everyone must be “made equal.” Bradbury in “Fahrenheit 451” was pointing out that if all of the books and evil stuff is censored out of the world, then people may maintain a state of happiness as they will no longer be given the chance to think above and beyond to reach their full potential. Through this, people will no longer question what they hear or see, they will just believe it. Bradbury is informing future generations that if this continues, people will not go above and beyond to their full potential to think further than what they see or hear and everyone will think the same and be the same where there will come a point where there are no future members of society to bring change. In “Youtube Censorship” they are now censoring videos that touch on controversial topics or videos that are bad enough to be banned completely. Youtube has almost full control over what videos are put in a “limited state” or if they should be “banned completely.” Youtube sees it as “maintaining freedom of speech” to the extent where the “discussion of controversial” issues are allowed without completely banning the videos. Through this Hamill is pointing out that with the censorship of some videos that may anger others, it keeps that state of happiness for everyone where no one is questions or disagrees with anyones views. With this new censorship scheme, independent thought is now restricted where people can no longer upload whatever they would like as it might be put into a limited state or banned all together. If this continues, people may not upload what their views are on different issues which will limit discussion and not help people to solve the problem. Life today is turning in that direction where in order to maintain the state of peace and happiness people don’t discuss on many important issues which keeps them from being solved in the future. To not let some people express how they feel, will result in everybody not expressing how they feel which in effect will make everyone be equal to maintain the immeasurable state of happiness.
The novel "Fahrenheit 451" and the article "Magical Earbuds" both touch on the dystopian characteristic where citizens live in a dehumanized state and what people are given to keep them out of tune from the real world. Mildred lives in such a state where she has become an "expert at lip-reading" as she has constant "electronic bees...humming" in her ear throughout the day. Bradbury in “Fahrenheit 451” was pointing out that people try to tune themselves out from the actual society by listening to different tunes or noises that help them to do different things. Whether it’s sleeping or calming themselves down, people become anti-social in a sense where they would rather listen to soothing sounds rather than communicating with others. Bradbury is informing future generations that if this continues, people may cut off communication all together. In “Magic Earbuds” tuning the world in and out is as easy as the push of a button. The user has almost full control over “how the world sounds” where they can “amplify certain sounds” or they can “shut the world out entirely.” Through this Pierce is pointing out that people are living in futuristic society where they can control the world through technology rather than controlling it through their given human powers. With these earbuds, they are living in a dehumanized state where they can now control how in tune they are with society. If technology keeps advancing, all of society might tune the world out completely and communicating with others might become a thing of the past. Life today is starting to go in the direction where many are always seen with earbuds. Whether they are walking to the bus stop or taking a nap, the citizens of this society like to tune the world in and out on their command. This futuristic idea that was predicted by Bradbury has become a thing of the present and will continue to advance.