As I write this review, the year is 2012. We do not live in a perfect world; in fact, in many ways, we don’t even live in a good world. But one thing I believe with all my heart is that we live in a world which, on the whole, is better than it was fifty years ago. Now, I know I’m writing with Only You Can Prevent Work Beatings shirt perspective and that progression and development haven’t been the same all over the globe and even the definition of those words can change depending on what part of the world you live in. But here’s what I do know: the average world life expectancy is higher, the infant mortality rate is lower, access to education is greater and the amount of countries that hold regular, fair elections has increased.
On average, people today are smarter than they were fifty years ago. And I know this is where older generations throw up their hands in indignation and start yelling about how exams were much harder in “their day” and they really had to work for it. I am not disputing this, I have no idea if it’s true or not. But what is true is that more Only You Can Prevent Work Beatings shirt today than ever before are going on to further education after high school, the barriers that once stopped the working class from being as smart as society’s more privileged members are slowly starting to break down bit by bit. It’s true. We have entered the age of computers and electronics, social networking and personal media players… and the world has not ended, the robots haven’t taken over and people haven’t become so stupid that they feel the need to rage a war against books. And this is the main reason why I think Bradbury’s dystopian tale is out of date and ineffective. The author was writing at a time when technology was really starting to get funky, the digital age was still decades away but people were doing all kinds of crazy things like listening to music with little cones plugged into their ears. Bizarre.