The theme of manipulation resonated with me and has been a common thread in this course, appearing in works such Fahrenheit 451. In dystopian future portrayed in the this novel, books are ban and replaced with shallow forms of entertainment. The reason why this stuck with me is due to the rise in our own society of empty entertainment. Many years ago it was more common to read a book for fun rather than watch shows with no substance such as “Keeping up with the Kardashians”. In Fahrenheit 451, and in real life, the space for critical thinking in our lives have significantly shrunk as people spend more time invested in their phones, social media, and television sets that only serve to entertain rather than educate. As shallow forms of entertainment continue to rise in popularity, people, like in the novel, are being trained to resume the role of “happy idiots”.
Manipulation Sara Miller 1D08