"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury and this political cartoon both show how sugar coating debatable topics in the media can cause ignorance and a false sense of security. This political cartoon uses sarcastic humor to show the ridiculousness of putting a sensor on any media (especially books) in society. In "Fahrenheit 451" the bureaucratic government has banned all books except for a few purely instructional books for schooling and employment. Montag, the main character, has found the value of real books and now has to deal with his incredibly ignorant, television-obsessed wife Mildred, Montag's wife, has some friends over after Montag has discovered the flaws in what he thought to be a utopia society. Montag is eating dinner and notes their "Cheshire cat smiles burning through the walls of the house" as the women watch TV and mindlessly chatter (89). The TV they are watching, moreover, is disturbingly shallow and Montag can not stand it. Bradbury wants to get across that when people do not have access to thought-provoking ideas, such as those found in books, they become emotionless and fake (like the Cheshire cat) without realizing it. These women had never had to truly think about something because, similar to the books in the political cartoon, everything they learned and watched was from one ideal, public opinion issued by the government. If we let ourselves "relax" and only read/watch/listen to "uplifting" and "revis[ed]" versions of media, we will never have our own independent thoughts and will lose sight of serious issues that need to be addressed within our lives (books 1, 3, and 5 from the political cartoon). In order to effectively face reality and solve problems we need to inform ourselves about the good and the bad, the obvious and the obscure. In essence, Ray Bradbury and the political cartoon are encouraging their audiences to avoid becoming ignorant and too comfortable with their lives by sugar coating the questionable actions of those around them (cough, cough, government). They are issuing a wake up call to ask questions, seek answers, and not settle for the mediocre in life. One way to do this is to read unfiltered, thought-provoking books.