The Book People

The Roper Report

by Paul Jones

One of my favorite all time movies is the original 1966 screen version of Ray Bradbury’s novel, “Fahrenheit 451”. I particularly find interesting the scene when the book burning “fireman” is on his way back from work on an elevated train and looks over at the other passengers “reading” newspapers with only pictures, since the “dumbed down” population only gets information the government wants them to have either that way or through state controlled television.

Today, as I was taking a subway train from Queens into Manhattan in “the belly of the beast,” New York City, I looked over at many apparently intelligent persons who were also reading newspapers, though in these cases with the printed word. But is there a great deal of difference between the train in the scene of the movie “Fahrenheit 451” and the one I was recently riding this morning?

In this…

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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

71 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.