Fahrenheit 451

Predictions for the future

Bradbury described himself as "a preventor of futures, not a predictor of them."[76] He did not believe that book burning was an inevitable part of our future; he wanted to warn against its development.[76] In a later interview, when asked if he believes that teaching Fahrenheit 451 in schools will prevent his totalitarian[2] vision of the future, Bradbury replied in the negative. Rather, he states that education must be at the kindergarten and first-grade level. If students are unable to read then, they will be unable to read Fahrenheit 451.[77]

In terms of technology, Sam Weller notes that Bradbury "predicted everything from flat-panel televisions to iPod earbuds and twenty-four-hour banking machines."[78]


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