Idea of the Day: The Irony of Technology

The Idea of the Day is dedicated to a topic, article, or video that stirs a discussion in me.

Today’s idea is focused on one of the most influential fiction writers anyone has ever read. Ray Bradbury. Now in his 90s, Bradbury has changed the way readers look at books and censorship from his book Fahrenheit 451.

For those who haven’t read the book, it depicts a world in the future where print books of any kind are illegal and burned on sight by firefighters.

Ironically, the famed book has finally been made into electronic book form.

The article on the subject describes Bradbury’s previous notion of e-books and his dislike of them. The irony is not only that the Fahrenheit 451 is a book about burning print books, but that Bradbury is a futurist entirely against the progression of technology.  He has made negative comments about e-books and internet in general.

What I find the most compelling aspect of this story is that Simon &  Schuster purchased the rights to this intriguing novel for over $7 million dollars. The cost of making an e-book may be a positive one for self-publishing writers, but to keep a classic book available on the internet costs a pretty penny.

So, I pose another question, dear reader. Read the article…Who would you side with, Bradbury who resisted the temptation of the new medium or the publishers hell bent on putting the classic as an e- book?

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2011/11/simon-schuster-releases-ray-bradburys-fahrenheit-451-as-an-ebook.html

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2 responses to “Idea of the Day: The Irony of Technology

  1. Maeve

    Certainly ironic! You know how I dislike e-readers, but if it gets more kids to read good literature, the trade-off may be worth it. It beats the hell out of feeding them Stephanie Meyer or James Patterson!

    • I wish that e-readers were just electronic forms of books, but then the issue becomes whether the e-reader has access to internet and games. Is the kid really reading then? Or do they control+F key points in the book they have to read and then play games.

      Did you know that the original meaning of Fahrenheit 451 was not meant to be this big censorship issue. Bradbury just wanted a paycheck and pushed out a best-seller. Sad and awesome. That he can come up with something so brilliant and not even know it.

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