Goodness Knows the Author is Always Right

About his seminal book Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury now says it isn’t about government censorship at all. What’s it about? How television has replaced reading.

Bradbury, a man living in the creative and industrial center of reality TV and one-hour dramas, says it is, in fact, a story about how television destroys interest in reading literature.

“Television gives you the dates of Napoleon, but not who he was,” Bradbury says, summarizing TV’s content with a single word that he spits out as an epithet: “factoids.” He says this while sitting in a room dominated by a gigantic flat-panel television broadcasting the Fox News Channel, muted, factoids crawling across the bottom of the screen.

Misty’s two-second response to this was, “He’s trying to be relevant again.” I can’t disagree with her.

1 thought on “Goodness Knows the Author is Always Right

  1. That just gets a big ol’ :rolleyes: from me. Whatever, Ray.

    [Look at you, being all managerial with the “I can’t disagree”, Stephen. hehehehe.]

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