Examples Of False Dilemmas In Fahrenheit 451

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In both Fahrenheit 451 and Control of Internet Speech, false dilemma is used to educate the audience on how societies are blindsided into accepting censorship through the theme of manipulation. False dilemma is shown by the captain of the firemen department, Beatty, in Fahrenheit 451 and corporate media in the political cartoon, through emphasizing the danger the public would face if censorship wasn’t present.
In Fahrenheit 451 Beatty explains to Montag if freedom of knowledge were to be granted, equality wouldn’t be present within the society. This was evidenced on page 55 when he said, “You remember the boy who was exceptionally bright...selected for beatings and torture...We must all be alike...then all are mountains to make
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Beatty uses this to justify burning books, saying it allows everyone to be alike and happy as comparisons wouldn’t be made. In the example Beatty implies that without any difference in knowledge, everybody’s capability would remain the same, thus people would feel equal to one another, which is why living with censorship is important. Living with or without censoring freedom of knowledge, is presented as a false dilemma throughout Fahrenheit 451. This is because the situation is portrayed to have only two outcomes when in reality it has more. The first outcome is upholding equality and living happily by burning books, while the second outcome is living in a society with inequality through granting freedom of knowledge. This portrayal of a false dilemma blindsides the society into agreeing with their…show more content…
This is evidenced by the imagery and phrases present in the cartoon. In the cartoon a character named “corporate media” is asking Uncle Sam, a figure representing the US, how he should portray controlling internet speech. In the cartoon, control of internet speech is presented as an object needing to be wrapped in either “Anti-Terrorism” or “Protect kids” before being presented to the public, corporate media’s audience. The information portrayed by the corporate media is influential because media is a source through which the world obtains news and knowledge. Thus the corporate media is using their influential platform to portray control of internet speech as being able to protect kids and be against terrorism. By “wrapping” the idea of censorship positively, and implying that if censorship wasn’t present, terrorism would rise and children wouldn’t be safe, censorship is portrayed to be of great importance. Therefore false dilemma is present, because the audience are told there are two outcomes to the situation when there are more. The first outcome is censoring internet speech to ensure children are protected and terrorism doesn’t rise and the second outcome is not censoring internet speech and risk putting children in danger and increasing terrorism. The possibility of children being in
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