Censorship in today’s society have progressed in such a way that almost everything is censored from television shows, songs, letters, books, to basically everything. The way to block out these “inappropriate or harmful” comments from being publically viewed has overtaken its purpose that it’s being over used. In Fahrenheit 451, it portrays a world that has censored itself from reading books that the government bans them as a way to intentionally control their citizens from living differently. The citizens live in an alienated world that their form of communication and reality is with their television. Today’s society, much of the world is austere to the rest of the world having different forms of technology as their form of socialism.
Someday those fictional books could become history books. Every great government has its downfall, and censorship could be the cause of it. For instance, a form of censorship that is happening right now all over the country in many schools is the banning of certain books in school libraries/ classrooms. This could very well lead to something more major because people don't like the idea of having their rights taken away from them. Also because the government is controlling what kids can and cannot read.
Ever since pen was first put to paper there has been some form of censorship surrounding it. The most current form of censorship is to ban the books which are viewed as inappropriate. Such an act not only violates the rights of American citizens, but it also violates the rights of the students to learn. Even if the government could manage to ban all of the books that it feels are inappropriate, the thirst to read such books would only grow. Too often is it forgotten that before the banning of books was an “at home issue,” (Book Banning 1) the federal government tried to cut the flow of inappropriate information off at the source By forbidding the reading of certain books, the first amendment rights of every American citizen are violated.
It was censored to prevent the repetition of the plot of the story. Beyond many doubts, Go Ask Alice gave teenagers the wrong perspective on early life, and was selectively removed to restrain any drug use or fondling behaviors in inappropriate ways. Many adults and parents agreed that this is not what the children needed to sustain their life. The banning of this book restricted a lot of negativity and limited the audiences directed
Censorship may even suppress new and different ideas, keeping them from being made public. It may also set limitations, which stifle the creativity of authors and prevent them from thoroughly expressing their ideas. However it states the government should not censor the people of this country. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury the people in the town of Phoenix were censored. A censor is an official or government entity that removes or restricts books, plays, the news media, etc.
A book that has been banned is actually removed from a library or school system. The actual contextual reasons as to banning them is use of explicit violence, gore, sexuality, explicit language, religion, or dark times in history. On the non-contextual side of the reason why they are banned books are usually because with the best intentions to protect people, frequently children, from difficult philosophies and information. Teachers, or even more common adults, often censor books from children if they feel that the books have maniacal or controversial ideas in them. In some scenarios, those who are censoring books think that a book might be appropriate for a certain, or several groups in society.
Judy Blume’s Blubber is banned in some schools and libraries because the bullies prevail and it doesn’t teach good morals, and despite the literary merit it has, it should continue to be banned because of vulgar language, and harassment. Blubber is banned in schools and libraries mainly because the bullies prevail in the end of the book. Maynard shows his opinion by stating, “Blubber, where the kids’ horrible cruelty to the fat girl s never punished, Judy Blume raises questions without solving them.” (Maynard 8). Based on his opinion Judy Blume talks about problems in her books and never answers them properly. The reader will go on through the whole book and read about bullying and how it is bad but in the end find that it’s okay and not punishable.
The media of our time can censor what they want, and moreover, control the minds of American citizens. In Bradbury’s world, the media is so powerful that they burned books to oppress any uncontrolled thoughts or subliminal messages. As a result, people are then forced to stop reading. Books are condensed into smaller and smaller pieces, removing all “unimportant” information in today’s world, and the general public doesn’t care. Many pieces of literature in our world are now abridged; people can not get the full meaning of these books by reading a much shorter version.
One of the major themes in Fahrenheit 451 was just that; a society where everyone got what they wished and literature was eliminated entirely so it wouldn't offend anyone. Sadly, this still continues to happen in the United States. Many books have been banned from school and public libraries because of language, sexual innuendos, violence, religion, alternate lifestyles, and even for being anti-family ("Challenges . . .").
In 1976, five high school students brought the local school board to court to challenge the school board’s right to remove books from their school library. The students argued that their First Amendment rights were violated when the school infringed on the students’ “right to read”. (Campbell “BOOK BANNING IN AMERICA”). Book banning is a highly debatable topic among many people. While some people believe that book banning is the best way to protect children from inappropriate content, others believe that banning literature takes away the child’s right to read.