Class-Why wasn't there a person in the police car? How was the car driving and who was talking?
Troy- It's 2053 and they have technology to the extent that the car can function without any human operation.
troy- Maybe because it was in the future, and the author states that there is only one police man.
Troy-The car actually had a driver, but, as the man stated, his home was an asylum. He was crazy and therefore might not have awareness of other people around in the world.
Troy-The machine was operated by a computer, as the story takes place in the future; for everyone who could be driving it is at home in front of the television.
Troy- It is Bradbury's symbol of the dangerous potential of technology.
Troy- Well Bradbury was really big on Science Fiction and extrapolation so I believe that he was showing us a future we might not have seen.
Troy- in the future where Mr. Mead lives they are so technologically advanced that they do not need someone manually driving the car.
Troy- The story did take place in 2053 A.D. so there has probably been an incredible amount of technological discoveries. Maybe their was a computer responding?
Troy- I believe the police car was automated. It had some sort of robotic system in it. So, basically the car really did have a "mind of its own". It reminds me of the Stephen King book where a car is possessed and tries to harm people.
Troy- Although the pedestrian was written in 1990, Ray Bradbury is speaking about possible computer controlled cars with no human influence in 2053.
Troy- What is the point of even having humans function machines, vehicles, etc. when the technology to have it run itself exists? Humans as a race are pretty lazy in the long run; they do not like to do things that they don't need to.
Class-After the experience with the police car, do you think Leonard Mead will conform to society or keep his schedule of taking walks?
Class - In HB, when they talk about the handicap birdshot in a canvas bag around George's neck, what is that?
Class - In 451, what was happening with his wife? Montag talked about feeling like his chest was split open. I assumed he was in the hospital, but then his wife was in emergency. Can you summarize that part of the story for me?
Class- Why do authors make the future seem so dark and gloomy? They make technology seem bad, and I believe that technology will get us far as a country.
Brian - I think he would walk again, but if he was yelled at again, I think he would conform to society.
Taylor - I think they are referring to a weight that could handicap their speed or agility, as in a weight around a bird's neck would make it easy to shoot.
Emily- It said that there was an empty bottle of sleeping pills that were full the other day. He believes that she may have taken all of them and over-dosed.
Taylor-It was just one of the handicap to make everyone equal, just like the hearing aid that kept disrupting George's thoughts.
Zoe - It all is perspective. Either way, technology will help shape our future and may eventually get to the point where it will run our lives, as "The Pedestrian" and "Harrison Bergeron" demonstrated.
Class- After reading the pages 1-40 in 451 and then comparing it to "The Pedestrian" and "Harrison Bergeron" they seem to have a lot in common. For starters to me it sounds like in Montag's society the government is trying to control and limit peoples knowledge by burning books. This is just like the government was controlling people in "Harrison Bergeron". Maybe the government in "Fahrenheit 451" is trying to keep people equal in a way by burning books so that all people are equal in knowledge and no one knows something another person doesn't. Also for some reason after reading "The Pedestrian" I think that just maybe Mr.Meade is Clarisse's uncle. I think this because for one in 451 Clarisse says that her uncle was arrested once for being a pedestrian, hence the title the Pedestrian. Also at the end of "The Pedestrian" they pass by Mr.Mead's house and it is the only house with all the lights on just like Clarrise's house when she shows it to Guy. What do you think class do these stories connect?
Class- On page 4, it states, "(Guy) fell down the hole. At the last moment, when diaster seemed positive, he pulled his hands from his pocketsadm broke his fall by grasping the golden pole. he slid to a squeaking halt, the heels one inch from the concrete floor downstairs." WHay would the author put this in? Does it show somethiing about his veiw on life or his personality? Maybe it's a bit of foreshadowing?