Blog #3 – Book Burning… Does it matter?

Book burning still matters, not because we will lose the information in the books that are burnt but more for the fact that the books have a meaning behind them and they came from somewhere. Each book can have it’s own personal feel to it, be it from notes that you or a family member left for whoever gets the book next or if the book has been in your family for many years because your great great great great relative wrote the book and it is meaningful to you and your family. If you and your family did not have books to have as your own and not have to worry about people coming to burn your books, wouldn’t you be much happier at the fact that you can freely enjoy them, instead of worrying that someone might come to burn them. Just because books can now be stored in a multi-mass device online doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have the physical copies of the books themselves. Burning of books really does still matter because books mean something special to everyone even if you don’t think you would miss books, just try to imagine a library without books… that isn’t even a library anymore, so what is the point of having those buildings?

-Michael

Heinrich Heine on Burning Books

The idea that the spawn(the books) being eliminated wasn’t enough so they decided to burn the creator(author) so that no more spawn can be created. The author of this article has made that a prominent point in what they are talking about. What the author is saying is correct in every way because why get rid of what is on the surface and not what is unseen by us? Books are what we believe have the knowledge that we want so if they eliminate those books wouldn’t they be getting rid of the knowledge originally? That is only what is on the surface though, considering the books have to come from somewhere and that somewhere is from people. Through the burning of the books in Fahrenheit 451 they are disposing of the knowledge in them but don’t have a true understanding that the books can be replicated from one’s knowledge causing the books to never really go away, they haven’t come to fully realize that the knowledge isn’t just in the book but in the holder of the book. Since the Nazi’s realized that the Holocaust was a big thing, but mostly for the burning of the people not the books, almost as if the books were actually not an important thing to the whole process. Don’t get me wrong, the burning of the people was the main thing in the Holocaust but burning everything that they believed in along with them is a bit out there.

-Michael

Blog Post #3

Technology nowadays gives you everything you need right at your finger tips. Music, movies, ect. And, of course, that includes books. But in this technology filled world, are books even necessary anymore? Would the burning of books matter now that there are electronic copies everywhere? In my own opinion, technology reduces, but does not negate, the need for hard copies of books. 

In the novel Fahrenheit 451, books are only seen in hard copies, paperback, ect. There is no mention of Kobo’s or iBooks, or other electronic sources from which books can be read. I guess thats one thing that Mr. Bradbury failed to imagine. However, that is the reality of our world now. And so, in a sense, book burning wouldn’t matter as much now as it did before books were available in these different mediums. There would still be hundreds of copies online for everyone to see, and it would be much harder to destroy all copies of the book. But this does not mean that book burning is something that should be condoned. Even though it would not destroy the book, it is the message behind the burning that matters. Books are representations of knowledge, and people’s opinions on different topics. So therefore the burning of books means the oppression of people’s opinions and knowledge, and the disregard of their right of free speech. As Granger said in Fahrenheit 451, “everyone must leave something behind when he dies…” (Bradbury 156). Books are the legacy of their author, their thoughts and feelings at that time, and by burning their book, it is disgracing their name and legacy. 

As to wether the book is dead, or dying, I believe that the book is not dying, it is very much alive (excuse me while I become a book dork for a minute). For me, there is nothing better than cracking open a book for the first time, having that feeling that you don’t know what will come next, and you can’t stop yourself from turning that page. While I have nothing against electronic books, I still prefer paper books, and I think I always will. There’s just something about how they make me feel. And, as Granger says while he is talking about the re-printing of books and literature, “… he knows very well it is important and worth the doing” (Bradbury 153). He says that the reprinting of books in important, so that they are not only in their heads, and I agree. By getting rid of the man, you get rid of the book forever. However, with multiple copies of books, it is much harder to completely destroy that book. By having millions of copies of books today, in both print and electric copies, we are insuring that this knowledge will never be lost. 

This is why I think that books are so important (putting aside the fact that I’m a huge bookworm). 

– Monika 

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1950

Book Burning: Then to Now

           Image

           Everyone loves a good book, or at least I know I do.  I love picking up a new book at the store, and losing myself in the words, characters and different worlds inside it. Whether or not this is true for everyone, we can all agree that as much as people may enjoy reading books that hold so much delight and insight, in our generation, the Internet and other technologies such as eBooks and Kindle that replace hard copies of books, are of a greater necessity to us in our society today. The way we view technology now is because of humanity itself, making it grow and take over our entire lives, “It didn’t come from the government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God” (Bradbury 58). Despite the fact that the destruction of physical books may not be as big of a deal as it has been in the past, the destruction of different forms technologies has the same affect on people.

 

                 Not too long ago, books held knowledge that we could never replace, so when they were gone, so was the information it contained. Now we can back up, store, look up and preserve information on the Internet that is close to impossible to ever remove completely. For this reason, we cherish our technological ability to search and read information and novels online, and still receive the same feeling we get when reading a physical book. The book is almost extinct and technology is born to take its place. As stated by Beatty, “Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information.” (Bradbury 58) This quote effectively shows the impact that technology has had on our view of the knowledge we obtain. The information may be the same, but the way we absorb it, not so much so. With the world’s questions and answers at the tip of our fingers, whether we realize its falsity, the original source of gaining knowledge, books and oral tradition, is getting lost. We can almost get rid of all books and not feel the loss, right? But yet we still hold on.

 

           Recently in the news, the United States had condemned Turkey’s “Twitter Ban”, as being the equivalent to “21st Century book burning”. This ban made by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, was imposed under personal reasons; “Twitter was used to post links to recordings that appear to incriminate him and colleagues in corruption” (US condemns Turkey). The people in Turkey are furious about this ban because, “In an era in which the Internet serves as the world’s community forum, censorship anywhere is a threat to freedom of speech everywhere”, as stated by Douglas Frantz, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (21st Century book burning). The people of turkey have found ways however, to continue watching videos, communicating on Twitter and protesting against the government to give back their right to access this social media. This is an example of how modern day book burning is just as affective in our society today because it is the destruction of peoples right to read, listen to and voice their opinions and beliefs, whether this means the physical destruction of books, or a form of social media given in this example.

 -Kristen

Works Cited

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 1953. Print. 

             “US condemns Turkey Twitter ban as ‘21st-century book burning.’” The Week Magazine. 23 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

             http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/57821/us-condemns-turkey-twitter-ban-21st-century-book-burning#ixzz2wuYUzNKz

 “’21st century book burning,’ U.S. official blog slams Ankara.” Hurriyet Daily News. 22 Mar. 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/21st-century-book-burning-us-official-blog-slams-ankara.aspx?pageID=238&nID=63962&NewsCatID=338

 

Blog Post 3

People of the twenty first century do not read books as much as many people used to. A main reason is the increased popularity and accessibility to visual entertainment such as television and video games. According to the Associated Press-Ipsos poll, one in every four American adults did not read single book last year! This is shocking to most, as reading seems like such an ordinary action. The increasing popularity of “e-readers” has also played a role in the decrease of sales of traditional books recently. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, books are scarce. The decrease in popularity of books recently could be the start of a society similar to Montag’s.

Television is a source of entertainment similar to books in that many stories can be told and information can be shared through both. However sitting and watching television does not require in depth thought. While watching T.V the story and information is handed to you, but in books often times people must think and analyze in order to receive the complete experience. T.V seems to be more popular than books because of the simplicity of it, after a long day most people would much rather relax and use little to no brain power.

The AP-Ipsos poll found that 27 percent of people had not read a single book in the past year. Out of this 27 percent, almost a third were men and a quarter women. These people tend to be older, less educated, of a lower income, minorities, from rural places and less religious. This statistic is sad, and perhaps more can be done to ensure that these people have access to books and have the capability to enjoy them as most others do. Improved education programs and public resources are simple ways that this statistic could be changed for the better.

As technology such as television becomes more accessible and affordable, books become less popular. Preferred forms of entertainment are changing. T.V requires less brain power and therefore people enjoy it more. Many adults do not even read books anymore, and perhaps, more can be done to change this. This decrease in popularity of traditional books is proving the current generation to be somewhat lazy. A society where books are obsolete is seen in Fahrenheit 451, this form of society could be in our future. I believe we must prevent this from happening.

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Simon Schuster, 2011. Electronic.
Hoenig, Carol. “Are Books Becoming Obsolete?.” Huffington Post Entertainment. 22 August 2007. Web.

Emma

Book Burning Today

It’s clear that books are becoming less and less of a product used by citizens in the 21st century. Technological advancements such as the Kobo eReader, iPad and the internet have made books decreasingly convenient. Most people even wonder if books are worth it anymore? The answer is yes. Books still hold sentimental, religious and historical value for many people. Some people still, like me, love going out and purchasing a new book and cracking it open for the first time in a quiet cafe. One thing is certain however, books have changed.

In the novel Fahrenheit 451 books are viewed differently than they are today. In the dystopian society created by Ray Bradbury books are seen as the main source of knowledge for the general public. “The magic is in what books say” (Bradbury 79). This quote depicts the amount of information one could draw from a book during this time was magical. During present times, books are more or less meant for pleasure. You don’t hear of people reading the Bible or the Book of Ecclesiastes often like they were in Bradbury’s novel. Reading to gather information has been replaced conveniently by the internet that can be accessed by countless mobile devices. Although the use for books has changed and diminished slightly, they are still ‘alive’ for a reason whether that be pleasure or sentimental value.

Book burning was major issue during the 1950’s and during Fahrenheit 451. It’s interesting to think about how the burning of books would affect our society today. In my opinion it would have the same if not a bigger effect on our society. Although the purpose of books has changed within societies today, most historical and informational texts still exist today and are still just as important to many people. “It was a pleasure to burn” (Bradbury 1) is a popular quote from Bradbury’s novel. It was peoples job to burn books in the novel. Of course they enjoyed it as much as a doctor or teacher would enjoy his/her job today. That is what makes me think that burning books would be a bigger issue during the present century. The censorship that consumed the general public during the war and in the book does not exist in our societies today. This makes for more severity surrounding issues today; book burning would obviously be an issue.

If books were completely discarded or even burned, myself and I would hope a lot of others would be devastated. ALthough the central idea around books has changed due to technological advancements they are still alive and important to the people of the 21st century, thus if book burning were to occur it would still be a massive issue as it was in the past. You have to wonder though if nowadays people were burning iPads and cellphones would that be considered worse?

Maggie Whelan

Sources:

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. Print.

Book Burning 21th century

What is wrong with our society today? Our society is living in a time that we have forgotten the importance of Books, we have replaced this great method of knowledge with electronic devices or today’s society instead of research in a good book we use the internet, everyday we are using less and less Books, we think because we have a easier life with internet we dont need to use book but this is completely wrong, in my opinion Books are the best source to obtain knowledge.
Book Burning is associated with censor shup, the question is why is this happening? Why did that happen? Censorship and Book Burning are still present in our society some of the reasons are because they contain violence or negativity, sexual situations, encouragement of damaging lifestyles, this one makes me reflect because how can a opinion or a book change the lifestyle of a person? In my opinion the person has the choice to be how he/she wants to be, a book cant change the way you are, it just makes you reflect. One of the points that impressed me was the censorship because of the government and we can identify in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the government was afraid that people would gain too much knowledge and would overpower them or they censored Books because they were considered as a threat. One quote from Fahrenheit 451 that makes me see how was society in that time “Do you ever read any Books you burn”? He laughed “That’s against the law” this quote is really clear, it represents that government was afraid of books, or their knowledge. Another quote by Ray Bradbury makes me reflect “You dont have to burn Books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them”
We are not seeing the still importance of Books in our society, we are changing to a easy way of life using the internet instead of research in good source se like Books, Books still represents a fundamental part of knowledge
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. Print.
Hugo Mauricio Ramirez