Although Fahrenheit 451 is considered science fiction and was written over fifty years ago, some of Bradbury’s fears which are made palpable through his novel are problems for today’s generations as well. The theme of book-burning in 451 reveals a panic as to whether books and literature itself will remain relevant throughout time. It’s true with the world’s increasing desperation for shiny new technology; books have become outdated in many ways. Some people would rather slide their finger across a screen than flip a page.
The enormous screens which seem to take over most of the population’s lives in the novel are not a far cry from the current obsession with Netflix in this era. We don’t need screens that line the walls because we have pocket sized televisions constantly able to update us with new and amusing applications.
The notion that technology is reigning over people’s minds is a prominent topic both in 451 and in life on Earth today. Libraries may well go extinct within the next hundred years. There is a chance that people will stop leaving their houses because literally everything they need to keep them happy will be available to them within the confines of their own home.
These ideas are frightening, and this is exactly Bradbury’s point. Books nurture, enrich, and educate minds, and although not all technology is bad, too much of anything is not conducive to any healthy lifestyle.