“The suppression of books is the suppression of free thought, which will slowly destroy any society.”Jack Collins with AcademicEarth.org asked me to share his RSA Animate video which describes Fahrenheit 451 through lively whiteboard animation. There’s a lot packed into this 2 1/2 minute RSA Animate version of one of my all time favorite books.I was unable to embed the video into my blog, but be sure to check it out for highlights into major characters, themes, symbols, and analysis. If you’re not familiar with Academic Earth – it’s a treasure of knowledge with free online classes designed to spark your intellectual curiosity from the world’s top universities, including Harvard, MIT and Stanford.
If you’re familiar with my book, Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria, you’ll recognize the connection to the concepts in Fahrenheit 451. In my version of the burning of the Library, the arsonists depict the narrow mindset of people who view books and the pursuit of knowledge as threatening to their life. I am indebted to Mr. Bradbury for much of my inspiration.
For three outstanding videos of The Man himself, see The best of Ray Bradbury’s advice for writers. And be sure to check out my other Bradbury flavored posts too. Bradbury’s 1,000 nights reading list for writer, Have all the best stories been taken?
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