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Daily Reads Jan 27

Posted by inspir3d on January 27, 2007

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Fahrenheit 451 – Intellectuals, We Dam Well Need Them So Singapore!

Posted by inspir3d on January 27, 2007

In Fahrenheit 451, a 1966 film, based on Ray Bradbury’s classic, director Francois Truffaut paints a frightening vision of a dystopian future, where firemen don’t put out fires – they start them to burn books. In this world books are evil. In this future scope, society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal – a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad and anything resembling intellectualism and philosophy is simply corruption.

Fire Captain Beatty (the main protagonist boss) explains it this way, “Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs…. Don’t give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.”

The main character, Guy Montag, bears the number 451 on his helmet. Coincidentally, this is also the temperature at which books ignite. Montag seems to be a robot of sorts, a machine simply following orders.  His mission to destroy homes contaminated with books is mandated by the government. Though he initially seems moderately content with his job and his life, Montag’s mind reflects the condition of his futuristic society: empty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reply to Soci regarding Tochi

Posted by inspir3d on January 27, 2007

Serious allegations have been made against this website. Specifically, Soci of Singabloodypore has made the following statements:

Singabloodypore Allegation

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While this is not the kind of post i enjoy writing, it is necessary that I deal with these allegations as these comments malign the integrity and reputation of the IS. Read the rest of this entry »

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