People often think about the ways that society and technology will change in the future. The government may become overrun with complaints concerning equality by means of intelligence, strength, or looks. In comparison to Fahrenheit 451, the ways in which equality are dealt with in Harrison Bergeron seem totally extreme and inhumane, yet they are not complete different approaches to uniformity attempts. Technology is, of course, expected to advance in the future; however, in HB the development seems the same as it is in today’s culture.
In F451, the knowledge of technology and entertainments portrays to have sky-rocketed. In the same way that the H-G men issue different handicaps to people according to their talent, Montag’s government developed a culture where citizen’s lifestyles are diverted by entertainment and advertisements that appeal to the society as a whole. The awareness by the society that the government wants to keep the people one in the same is obviously realized and most seem pleased with that fact.
In Fahrenheit 451, however, the seemingly harmless development of new technology and different recreational activities, dilute the chances of revealing society’s incompetent intelligence. The culture evolved into one that only cares for one’s outer happiness, and thus created humanity to care only for fast cars, television, advertisements and pointless conversations. In 2081, wouldn’t you expect technology to have advanced to a civilization beyond just television and the radio?
For a futuristic society, the citizens living in the story of HB are living worse, technology wise, than most are now living in 2011, whereas the culture of F451 is completely dependent on the countless upgraded technology. Despite the government’s ear-devices, the television and radio are completely under scaled to Mildred’s living room and “family” of walls. Unlike the somewhat helpful television broadcasts about fugitive escapes used in HB, for runaways in the culture of F451 they use a newly developed ‘mechanical hound’ to hunt them down and inject them with a type of anesthesia.
When you come to think about the ways in which society as a whole thinks about how to make everyone equal, different opinions are all over the place. Technology is expected to change life constructively for the American culture, not to cause rebellions against it. Freedoms are the rights we fought for; rights that are not to be taken away by minorities who feel inferior to others. Too many distractions can lead to a superficial culture, such as in F451, whereas keeping tabs on every person can end in completely unwanted military discipline and unhappiness.