Is Our Society Far From That Of 'Fahrenheit 451'?

Is Our Society Far From That Of 'Fahrenheit 451'?

We could be reaching a tipping point.

"Fahrenheit 451," a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury, is about future American society where books are outlawed. There are several themes in this book that have the potential to become a reality, namely the disconnection from reality. Guy Montag and the group of people who committed books to memory seems to be the only hope for humanity. Drugs are abused far more frequently, laws are barely followed, and people are becoming disconnected from reality. No one is educated enough to realize their wrongdoings, and this isn’t far from the truth today.

Education is a theme in this book that resonates throughout. "Fahrenheit 451" depicts the savagery that consumes humanity in the absence of education. Teenagers are wild, animalistic beings who abuse speed limits and have no regard for other peoples’ safety. They relish when they can hit an animal in the road, and couldn't care less if they hit a person. Mildred, Montag’s wife, lives an unfulfilling life, attached to the mind numbing walls of TVs for hours every day. She has nothing to live for anymore. She has no passion or desire to achieve anything in life. Mildred is considered the average citizen in this future American society, which is an important concept to understand. Mildred attempts suicide because of her unfulfilling life. She uses TV as an outlet, a distraction to confronting the problems in her life. Mildred is the protagonist’s wife, but she is a shell of a human being with no emotional, intellectual or spiritual connection with anything real. That’s frightening. Do we as Americans have this disconnection today?

With the surge in technological advances, it’s no wonder people are more attached to their electronic devices. The TV-walls in "Fahrenheit 451" are just one example of how technology is consuming humanity. Mildred is literally trapped in a room surrounded by screens of things that become a second reality. Humans have about seven to eight hours of screen time a day, and the trends are only rising. I’m not saying technology leads to these life-questioning thoughts, but when the world around you is perceived as less than the world on screen, it can lead to problems that Mildred and other citizens in the novel struggle with. These people would do anything to feel something “real” that it leads to addiction. Mildred’s addiction is mostly to television, but she also uses seashells to make her connection to the real world. Some people turn to alcohol and drugs, others have more sadistic tendencies, but the people in "Fahrenheit 451" need this distraction from reality. Reality is too dull without books.

In America today we are nowhere near outlawing books, but we are near a similar state of mind. America is a first-world country. Everything we want as humans is at our fingertips: food, entertainment, social interaction. These basic things are so easily attainable that eventually we may forget to think, just like the people in "Fahrenheit 451." Perhaps education and the freedom to read and learn is what keeps us separate from the society in "Fahrenheit 451." If we disregard education or spend our time fixated on how many likes an Instagram post gets, or which celebrities follow us on Twitter, or making it to the next level in a video game, then we may become disconnected. We may value those things that are less important. "Fahrenheit 451" should frighten us, but more than anything, it should be a testament to the value of education.

“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” – Ray Bradbury

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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