Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I'm actually surprised so many people got this wrong

In my continuous combing of the Internet, I came across an article from LA Weekly about Ray Bradbury and his master work Fahrenheit 451. According to Bradbury, a longtime LA resident, all of the academics have been completely wrong about his book. Instead of the interpretation that Francois Truffaut took in the film or the long-held understanding preached by academics, Bradbury insists that the book is about the death of literature at the hands of television because he understands television to be an societal opiate. While I always thought he was criticizing the government, I will concede that this explanation makes perfect sense, and I should have thought about it when I was thinking about this work.