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The importance of Books

By reading Fahrenheit I suddenly realised the importance of books since I got to read about a world without them. Without books people are limited to their thinking and acts as a control by the government. I think people should be allowed to access information and they could judge by themselves what’s right and wrong not just ban the books. It restricts the freedom of speech making people clueless on what’s been hiding from them.The government can more easily controlled and not many people may rebel the government or even realising what they’re doing. An example of a person controlled by the government is Montag’s wife since she only likes to watch TV and only wanted to receive information only not by thinking but just being feed of the television. Books are a source of knowledge a way writers communicate and pass on their thoughts, ideas and experience to the readers and by banning books the negatives outweighs the benefits so in my opinion, Montag did the right thing to rebel against the law.

Ken 12JE

People in Fahrenheit 451

In Fahrenheit 451 books are banned and most people does not take it much into consideration and instead take interests into other forms of media. In my opinion, books provide more imagination which surprised me that people in the book all ignores them and only take interest in televisions and other forms of media which only provide people with “ready” information. In the real world people usually questions things that’re suspicious but in the book only a few is like Clarisse, which in the real world should be a majority of people. The other thing I find interesting is the fact that most people in the book are like zombies and they’re ignorant because they agree to whatever the government tells them to do and agree with them on what they told them like thinking that books are bad and should be banned. This is the part of the book in which I find the book unrealistic and inaccurate since people in real world and in the book are completely different.

Ken 12JE

Learning, Reading, Speaking and Listening

We all know that the government banned books since that they think it’s risky to them, if people read and have a right to speak what they think. So I wonder what people in the book think about this policy. In my opinion, I think the younger people wouldn’t consider this policy and big question. However, I think there some older people who would have form a group that would stand up against the law to speak out what they think. I guess this is because the past time that wasn’t present in the book, the government might haven’t banned the books. So older people get to read and understand what is right or wrong and have the right to speak out.

Drowned in a Sea of Irrelevance

“Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking. They’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.”

Despite books being banned, the people in the world of Fahrenheit 451 are surrounded by mass media and chocked full of arbitrary facts. Unlike the futuristic worlds of other famous English-language dystopian novels such as Orwell’s 1984, the government in Fahrenheit 451 does not produce propaganda to discourage the reading of books. This is because they do not need to. As Beatty explains, people gradually began to find it more convenient to consume media when it is condensed rather than in its full form- “everything boils down to the gag, the snap ending.” With the rise of mass media, books in their full form gradually became obsolete and people are reduced passivity due to the wealth of convenience in their lives.

The government of Fahrenheit 451 does not need to take great measures in prohibiting free thought as they do in 1984, because people are so occupied with empty pleasures and thoughtless consumption that they do not have time to think. To the characters in the novel, “life is immediate, the job counts, pleasure lies all about after the work.” The convenience in their lives has led to their extreme passivity, and they do not bother “learning anything save pulling buttons, pulling switches, fitting nuts and bolts.” Montag does not even stop to question what he is doing with his life until Clarisse – whose unaffected nature and gentle curiosity provides a catalyst for the onset of Montag’s intellectual awakening – questions him on it. He does not even realise that he does not love his wife because he is not accustomed to thinking.

With the popularity of mass media and technological convenience, people are reduced to mindless consumption and do not even stop to question the nature of their own occupations, and things in life that truly matter are drowned in a sea of irrelevance.

People…..

People choose to see what they want to see. By not knowing the truth, let people live without stress, and everyone can enjoy living day by day senselessly. People only care about them self and decided to look over responsibilities. As people don’t read anymore books and only listen to the news past television etc. which cause the job call Fireman to born. The purpose for fireman is to burn books

“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.”

As these sentences were written at the beginning of the story to describe that Montag thought it was great to burn the book.  As Montag become a firemen to search the meaning of his life and to destroy the ” Bad Books ” However, after the woman’s death, Montag’s attitude changed differently.

I think Ray Bradbury is trying to make us think that there must be a reason why the old woman decided to die with the burning books in her house, which makes Montag become curious and had stolen a book from the old woman’s house. Later, when he becomes a victim himself, he suddenly understand that there is no right to burn the books, and the old woman’s life

How Montag developed througout the book


After reading the book I realised that Montag at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book are like two completely opposite characters. He evolved into another person. In the begining of the book he likes to his jobs and  his determinations are sky high when it comes to burning books. He started changing after he met Clarisse McClellan when he started questioning his job and the society. Moreover, another main reason he changed is that he secretly started reading books and that changed his ideal since he started to think more on why he did it. In addition, the case that the lady that burned herself Towards the end of the book, Montag seems to have a different bone in his body since he killed one of his fellow fireman. Montag in the beginning of the book absoulutely no way would’ve done something like that to another fireman but he changed and was be able to pull it off. I think the way we saw Montag’s character development was quite sudden and fast. In my opinion, the way Montag changed is in a positive why because I don’t think the way the fireman burn books are the right thing to do.

Ken 12JE

The Four Forces

According to what Seth Gordin the writer of we are all weird he said that we are all move towarding changes from normal into weird because of the four forces.

Force one: Creation is amplified. Nowadays, the technologies are better and better everyday. The world is moving fast , therefore, people can publish ideas in any places at anytime by using a social network and technology.

Force two: Rich allows us to do what we want and we want to be weird.  In this case Seth Godin does not mean rich as a wealthy people but instead it means the person who have the amount of money that they can make a choice without considering about survival first.

Force three: Marketing is far more efficient at reaching the weird. Seth Godin said that marketers are trying to reach to the weird so that they can gain more money by offering them the things that they are obsess about.

Force four: Tribes are better connected. The people that obsess about the same thing are no longer alone because people can now connect together by the internet. Therefore, they can find the others who obsess the same thing as them and join together with those people as a group.

Overall, it can be sum up by using Seth Godin’s own phrase “If you cater to the normal, you will disappoint the weird. And as the world gets weirder, that’s a dumb strategy.”

Know your weird !

“If you persist in trying to be all things to all people, you will fail.  The alternative, then, is to be something important to a few people.” from We Are All Weird by Seth Godin.

In we are all weird Seth Godin talks about Hyatt hotel that tried to stick the photo and the album of the Beatles up on the wall. Hyatt saw an opportunity of marketing do they did that. However, things went wrong because what they tried to do is incoherent with the culture of itself. I think that instead of doing different things to each person, it would be better if they act the way they are. Consumers know what is the best thing about business so by pretending to be something else, it would make the situation worse.

This theory can also adapt to use in our life not just in business because to show other what is the best in you, you need to show the real you not just pretending to act differently to everyone of the others. Furthermore, I think that almost all people do not like others to pretending to be something that tries to impress you.

You cannot be everything to everyone, so only focus on one thing to be the best for someone.

How did Dave Pelzer actually remember everything?

The most interesting bit in all this is the detail that Dave claims to remember all the incidents.

True, psychology states that we can remember things from our childhood if they have been especially traumatising or unpleasant (though its more likely repressed). But, the specificity that he used in describing his thoughts and first family vacation from before he was in kindergarten just makes the whole book more like…fiction. It is unusual for a young child to have thoughts or a drive to live that is related to religion, and even more unusual for him to be able to describe it in excruciating detail 10+ years later.

Maybe it’s heartless, but i think its a load of baloney.

Choices

“Weird (not normal) means that you’ve made a choice, that you’ve stood up for what you believe in and done what you want, not what the marketer wants.  More and more, that’s precisely what’s happening.”  this phrase came from the book by Seth Godin called we are all weird.

Being weird is not a bad thing because we are able to choose what we really want without following someone else. As people like to follow others the marketers see the opportunity to make a story and make one of us buy the product then as nowadays there are social media like Facebook this can be done easier. There are a social media which makes it easier for the marketer to marketing the product, but there is one reason why people becoming weirder, that is because more people are becoming richer. As people are rich they can make their own choice, unlike normal people who cannot choose but need to demand on the product that they have power to demand on it.

This focus on how marketing nowadays should focus on. I my opinion I think that in these days the marketer should focus on the niche (small specific) market rather than Mass (whole) market because as we can see that when people have more choice it is easier to target specific one rather than all of them.

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