Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ray Bradbury (1920--2012) Had Our Number Long Before I-Phones, Facebook or Digital TVs


Farenheit 451, directed by Francois Truffaut, 1966

"Most of all, Ray Bradbury knew how the future would feel: louder, faster, stupider, meaner, increasingly inane and violent. Collective cultural amnesia, anhedonia, isolation. Teenagers killing one another for kicks. Grown-ups reading comic books. A postliterate populace. 'I remember the newspapers dying like huge moths,' says the fire captain in Fahrenheit 451 (a line that long presaged Advance/Newhouse's newspaper cultural genocide), written in 1953. 'No one wanted them back. No one missed them.' Civilization was drowned out and obliterated by electronic chatter... They were almost toys, to be played with, but the people got too involved, went too far, and got wrapped up in a pattern of social behavior and couldn’t get out, couldn’t admit they were in, even..."  More Here or Here