Fahrenheit 451: a prophecy?

In one of the NEA’s book discussion questions for the Big Read, it is asked if Fahrenheit 451 is a prophecy. After all, “the public itself stopped reading of its own accord.”

In light of recent studies, for example, one that showed Americans aged 15-24 watch television for about 2 hours every day while they only do leisure reading for seven minutes every day ( U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Use Survey (2006)), is this 1953 book a prediction of our 21st century world and our future?


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