Friday, November 2, 2007
Is China a Bradburian Society at Heart?
Hello everyone! I asked Ms. Smith if I could create a post about a recent article I read in TIME magazine. I thought it might be a spark for a meaningful discussion. It is entitled "China's Me Generation" and looks at the nature of China's twentysomethings. I read this article and automatically made connections to Fahrenheit 451. The young adults in this article had parents who grew up in the throws of the Cultural Revolution, in which approximately 90 million people were killed for "the good of the party". After all of this suffering, the next generation barely even cares about China's political future. All they care about is the technology available to them and the materialistic side of life. This brings up the question of why they are not rebelling. After one generation, have these citizens really been brainwashed into believing that what is happening in their country is okay as long as they can buy stuff and watch television? Isn't this exactly like the people in Bradbury's society, indifferent unless it concerns their parlor walls? I find this a little unsettling, and I hope that you will read this article and see its implications in relation to 451. Have fun discussing!