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In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.
What can present-day people do to prevent technology from doing more harm than good? Bradbury feels that if people read books, they will learn about the history of the world and things they do not understand. Books will instruct people in new ways that do not rely on the use of technology.
Bradbury insists that the purpose of ahrenheit 451 was not to forecast a world of doom and gloom. "I wasn't trying to predict the future," he says. "I was trying to prevent it." In one immediate sense, he failed. In 1979, he discovered that "some cubby-hole editors" had bowdlerized his book in 98 places to make it more acceptable.. One line -- "eel like I've a hangover. God, I'm hungry" -- became "eel like I've a headache. I'm hungry."
The changes first appeared…
From one standpoint, it is sad to see how much more the Western World is like that noted in the book. Every year, people become more and more alienated and alone.
However, from another perspective, the book celebrates those who commit their lives to the preservation and passing on of knowledge to future generations.
The year 2003 marked the 50th anniversary for this book. Thousands of individuals of all ages have read it because of the possible threat to mankind. Who can imagine what would happen if books were indeed banned? What if no one ever was able to read 451 Fahrenheit? It would have been a very sorry state of affairs, that is for certain.
RULE: Clearly Bradbury's personal editorial concerns expressed through literary symbolism / philosophy in the aforementioned chapter (and others) deals with the issue of individuality vs. conformity. And there are legal essays that deal with majority vs. majority, including the essay "Neutral Principles and Some First Amendment Problems" by Robert H. Bork, former Solicitor General of the U.S., former Federal Appeals Court Judge and once nominated (unsuccessfully) for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. In his essay Bork argues that according to one aspect of the "Madisonian" model, in "wide areas of life majorities are entitled to rule for no better reason that they are majorities" (Bork, 1971, p. 2). But also, the model offers a "counter-majoritarian premise… [in that] there are some areas of life a majority should not control," Bork goes on. Some areas of life under the Constitution should be guided by "individual freedom," Bork insists,…
Bork, Robert H. (1971). Neutral Principles and Some First Amendment Problems.
Indiana Law Journal, 47(1), 1-19.
Bradbury, Ray. (1977). The Martian Chronicles. Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books.
fiction." Novel: "Dandelion Wine" Ray Bradbury, Bantam publish. 1976. Please thesis statement: Summer a time joy Douglas (Spaulding) embraces nature, spends time family, experiences suspense magic Summer days.
Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine is a catalyst novel, written in such a manner that it allowed and encouraged the author to transcend memories and be sent back into past in times of summer. Bradbury's source of inspiration for the novel was his own childhood and the action in the story surrounds 12-year-old boy Douglas Spaulding living in a fictional small town in America. For Douglas, summer is a time of joy because he embraces nature, spends time with family, and experiences suspense and magic of summer days. In the following, we will address the experiencing of summer in the novel and ?the joy of embracing nature in summertime.
The summer of 1928 surprises Douglas while at his grandparents' house and it embellishes…
ith that the LaFarges still take him to town even as Tom protests and warns them of a new loss because "the people...Changing and changing. The trap"(Bradbury 156). To this extent the Martian is a metaphor for the new world and operation of the colonist desires because the Martian represents how easily people were lost after the Second orld ar. Because many people were without a nation or home and therefore lacked identity, the majority in power easily took advantage of them. They were easily swallowed up by Americanization in a need to survive their new world and fit into society. This in turn, resulted in a loss of their culture.
Finally Bradbury brings this theme to light ultimately by the colonists causing the death of the Martian because it lacks identity it is easily manipulated by desire. Due its telepathic abilities that at one time made it unique, this…
Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1950.
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The bleak promise of technology:
There ill Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury
The short story "August 2026: There ill Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury is set in 2026 but was originally written in 1950. The tale reflects a common 1950s conception of a future in which most people's lives would be made much easier by technology. However, in stark contrast to the apparent ease of the life of someone living in the projected 2026, there is a continual sense of horror in the events that unfold. Because as easy as modern day life has been made by technology, it has also been destroyed by technology: the inhabitants of the house have been wiped out in an apparent nuclear holocaust.
The tale begins with breakfast, as the seemingly magical automated stove churns out perfect eggs and bacon, just enough for the entire family…
Bradbury, Ray. "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains." Full text available:
Dreamed of Creating Magic - and He Does
One of my dreams was to grow up and become a magician. ell, that's what happened. I'm not a science fiction writer. I'm a magician. I can use words to make you believe anything." -Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury is one of the classic authors of our day- one of the fathers of science fiction. At nearly 82 years old, and over 500 works later, he is still going strong. He is still writing, creating and producing.
Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in aukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. He was the third son of Leonard Spaulding Bradbury, a telephone line worker, and Esther Marie Bradbury, a Swedish immigrant. Bradbury credits his mother, with jump-starting his love of fantasy and the supernatural. His mother was fascinated with the new motion pictures. She would sneak Bradbury in with her when he was only two…
About Ray Bradbury." June 18, 2002. http://www.raybradbury.com
Biography of Ray Bradbury." June 18,2002. http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes/Authors/about_ray_bradbury.html
Eyman, Scott. "Q&A with Ray Bradbury." Palm Beach Post. Sunday March 10, 2002.
Fat Chucks Index." May 21, 2002. June 18, 2002. http://www.fatchucks.com/z4.bb.html
atching the Parents?
A brace of short stories by two of the most skilled American short story writers of the 20th century cast the family in an eerie and distressing light. For the families in these two stories are not the comforting supportive group gathered around the homely hearth giving succor to each other in bad times and sharing the joy of good times. These are families in which battle lines have been drawn and in which there is the potential for terrible harm to be done. These are families whose deadliness is most likely to be turned on each other.
In Joyce Carol Oates's story "here are you going, here have you been?," one of the daughters of a family is recognized by both herself and others as The Beauty. Connie -- not in any way a constant girl -- is 15 and is the beauty that her mother…
Bradbury, Ray. "The Veldt." Retrieved from http://www.veddma.com/veddma/Veldt.htm .
Oates, Joyce Carol. The Wheel of Fortune and Other Stories. San Francisco: Vanguard. 1970.
Oates, Joyce Carol. A Widow's Story: A Memoir. New York: Ecco. 2011.
Banning Books in High School
Book Banning and Censorship
Social groups, including religious organizations, parents, and school administration among others, make decisions daily about what material will become a part of the regular school curriculum and what material will be excluded. Many decisions are made based on the educational value of text books and other learning material. However, many decisions are unfortunately made without educational potential in mind, but rather on the basis of what is considered to be profane or proper based on the opinions of certain people that feel they have the moral authority to make such decisions. American schools have always been built on the principle that children must be protected from that which is inappropriate for them to see, hear, or experience. "American schools have been pressured to restrict or deny students access to books or periodicals deemed objectionable by some individual or group on moral,…
" After effectively damning her to a life as a vampire, Ibrahim, himself abused by the man who made him one of the undead, tries to 'make good' on his promise to himself to help Lina: "Despite the many shortcoming of Ibrahim's moral probity, he had known from the start that he would live his life as a vampire much the same way he had lived his life as a normal human -- trying to be good, even if he failed miserably most of the time." This is, Taylor suggests, not unlike that of a terrorist who rationalizes his conversion of another man (or woman) to the cause, that he is at least trying, and saving the new convert from a worse fate.
Taylor's extended metaphor of Islamic terrorism and fundamentalism and vampirism, of one life as an outsider in real life with life as an outsider in a science…
Ahmad, M.A. "Islam and Science Fiction: Islam SciFi Interview of Pamela Taylor."October
13 th, 2010.
Taylor, Patricia. "50 Fatwas of the Virtuous Vampire." November 1, 2010.
Parents who are predisposed to limit children's exposure to violence will do so as a matter of course. Parents who don't feel that way, will not. Therefore, if parents can't be relied upon to police their children, then society must- because what social order wants to have violence-overloaded children heaving their criminal behavior upon it?
In the mid-1950's a Senate sub-committee began to investigate the "sources of the moral rot at the core of an otherwise flourishing postwar America," (Knox, 4). This committee looked at the comic book industry, movies, and particularly at television. While these efforts did little to nothing to curb interest in subjects considered to be anti-American, or "immoral," it does show the depth of time and effort that has been spent on this issue - at every level. However, over the course of time, television has become more liberal rather than less. So, in response, the…
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (2007). Children and TV Violence. Online. Internet. Avail:
http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/children_and_tv_violence.Acc : 12 Oct, 2007.
Duncan, P. (2006). Attractions to Violence and the Limits of Education. The Journal of Aesthetic Education. 40:4; 21-38.
Hornaday, a. (Aug 6, 2006) Parents Fret About Children's Entertainment. The Washington Post. Sunday Arts, N01.
Coursework in solid state electronics proved so stimulating that I am planning on specifically pursuing solid state electronics engineering in graduate school. In graduate school I will be better able to hone my talents and focus more intently on specific areas of research design. With the assistance of my graduate school academic advisors I will be able to select potential areas of study that will lead to fruitful future careers. Because I have already delved into MOSFET process simulation as well as bipolar transistors, these are potential areas of specification that I might undertake in graduate school.
Just as during my undergraduate studies I undertook an internship with Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) testing motherboards, I intend to also undertake one or more internships while in graduate school. Internships, I feel, act as an invaluable adjunct for academia. Intern positions are like bridges between the novice world of the student and…
Amidation of Peptides in Humans
Modern biotechnology has experienced dramatic leaps in the body of knowledge concerning molecular processes in peptides and how they work. Many of these processes rely on amidation of peptides to achieve increasingly important medical and commercial applications. Peptides are created when two or more amino acids are covalently joined by peptide bonds, a process termed post-translational modification. One increasingly valuable application of post-translational modification is amidation. This paper provides an overview of peptides and their role in biological processes, how amidation of peptides works and its importance, and a description of the two functional domains of the PAM enzyme (PHM and PAL) and the roles they play in amidation. An assessment of whether amidation prevents C-terminal degradation is followed by a discussion of which peptides/proteins are susceptible to C-terminal degredation by carboxypeptidase. An analysis of whether E. coli can be modified to perform amidation will…
Allen, J.M. (1963). The nature of biological diversity. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Audesirk, T. & Audesirk, G. (1993). Biology: Life on Earth, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Bradbury, A.F. & Smyth, D.G. (1988). Biosynthesis of peptide neurotransmitters: studies on the formation of peptide amides. Physiol Bohemoslov, 37(3), 267-74.
Brighton, P.J., Szekeres, P.G. & Willars, G.B. (2004). Neuromedin U. And Its Receptors: Structure, Function, and Physiological Roles. Pharmacological Review, 56, 231-248.
Evolution, Principle and Application of the Optical Microscope
The application of optical microscopy has grown tremendously over the last few decades, this has been so in various disciplines where micron and submicron level investigations are applicable. The spreading out of fluorescence microscopy in research and laboratory applications has been fast-tracked by the instantaneous development of new fluorescent labels. Microscopists have also been able to get quantitative measurements faster and efficiently due to the developments in digital imaging and analysis. It is also possible to obtain very thin optical sections when optical microscopy is enhanced using digital video, the application of confocal optical systems is as well becoming common in a number of major research institutions. Before the nineteenth century, microscopists faced various shortcomings including, optical aberration, blurred images, and poor lens design (Davidson and Abramowitz, 2009). However, in the mid-nineteenth century there was partial correction to aberration through the use…
Bradbury, S, 1967.The Evolution of the Microscope. New York: Pergamon Press.
Davidson, M.W., & Abramowitz, M. 2009. Optical Microscopy. Olympus America, Inc., 2
Corporate Center Dr., Melville, New York
Herman, B. And Lemasters J.J. (eds.), 1993. Optical Microscopy: Emerging Methods and Applications. Academic Press, New York, 1993.
This action of doing one
thing and feeling another is a perfect statement regarding how censorship
can thrive in a community. In Farenheit 451 the citizens allowed the
government the freedom to burn books, they did this by not speaking out at
the initiation of such actions. Faber tells Montag "I said nothing. I'm
one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would
listen to the 'guilty', but I did not speak and thus became 'guilty'
myself" (Bradbury 82). hen good citizens quail in the face of attempted
censorship, then censorship will thrive. ithout the knowledge blocked by
the censors, the citizenry will flounder under the thumb of oppression.
The characters in the book who meet Montag after his escape from the city
know this is true. Granger, one of the leaders of the group tells Montag,
"All we want to do is keep…
Anderson, Ron. "Movie Censorship and American Culture", Journal of American
Culture, 30.3 (2005): 349 - 350
Bradbury, Ray. Farenheit 451. New York: The Random House Publishing Group,
Allen is saying that all of the wonders of technology can never replace tow people connecting and trusting each other. I completely agree with these concepts and given Mr. Allen's wit and comedic sense, am thankful it was made. Finally any film made during a specific period of time can't help but reflect the values of society at the time. The open discussions about sexuality and sex make light of society's open and free attitudes about these areas of the human experience in 1973.
Why Sleeper is a Classic
Sleeper will always be a classic because it combines Mr. Allen's slapstick and vaudevillian comedic approaches while integrating his favorite music, which is jazz and ragtime. In addition the triumph of the human spirit and human emotions, as chaotic and mercurial as they can be, will always be superior to technology. The use of technology as a means to coerce and…
George O'Har. "Technology and Its Discontents " Technology and Culture 45.2 (2004): 479-485.
Importance of the humanities in the professions:
A comparison of "Paul's Case," Muriel's Wedding and Andy Warhol's rendition of Marilyn Monroe
The modern concept of 'celebrity' is that anyone can be famous, provided that he or she embodies an ideal of glamour, using material trappings like clothing and possessions to show his or her 'specialness.' This is a common method of 'selling' a particular product in business.
The idea is paradoxical -- on one hand, celebrities are special, on the other hand the media suggests everyone can be a celebrity and 'famous for 15 minutes' if they buy the right item.
This can be seen in "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather, about a boy who feels as if he is above his classmates.
Paul desires to have a celebrity-like status, based upon his perceptions of himself as having innately refined tastes.
But this costs money, and Paul is unwilling…
Andy Warhol's Marilyn prints. Web Exhibits. Retrieved October 11, 2011 at http://www.webexhibits.org/colorart/marilyns.html
Cather, Willa. Paul's case. Retrieved October 11, 2011 at http://www.shsu.edu/~eng_wpf/authors/Cather/Pauls-Case.htm
Muriel's Wedding. (1994). Directed by P.J. Hogan.
Saari, Rob. (1996). "Paul's case": A narcissistic personality disorder. Studies in Short