There are grounds to contend that even the title is inaccurate since contemporary sources suggest paper combusts at 450 degrees Celsius, which in Fahrenheit would be more than 800 degrees. The truth is, paper combustion is gradual and dependent on many factors; even if some paper might combust at 451F, his title is at best an oversimplification, but Bradbury was more interested in a punchy message than in constructing a thoughtful and well-supported argument.
It’s not a book about book censorship, but a book about how TV will rot your brain. Mother And Daughter Best Disney Partners For Life Shirt himself has stated this again and again, as evidenced in this article which quotes Bradbury and in videos from Bradbury’s own website–indeed, in an interview, he stated he was inspired to write it because he was horrified that a woman might listen to a radio while walking her dog. Not only does he patronizingly assume that she’s listening to a soap opera, instead of news, or appreciating classical music, but it’s a strangely anti-technology pose for a sci-fi writer to take–does it really matter whether we get our art and knowledge from compressed tree pulp, or from radio transmissions?
This book falls somewhat short of its satirical mark based on this cranky lawn-loving neighbor’s message. Then again, it was written in the course of a few days in one long, uninterrupted Mother And Daughter Best Disney Partners For Life Shirt (mercifully edited by his publishers, but now available utterly restored). It contains archetypes, misconceptions, and an author surrogate, but can still be seen as a slighting view of authority and power, and of the way people are always willing to deceive themselves.