'The Art Of The Obvious': Ray Bradbury And The Modern Day Dystopias

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 1:31pm
Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 3:59pm

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Michael Shannon (left) and Michael B. Jordan in the 2018 film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."

Ray Bradbury is famous for his depictions of a dystopian future. A world in which people are glued to screens and truth and knowledge have lost all value. A world in which it's suspicious to walk down the empty streets at night.

Now, as the pandemic has changed life for us all in so many previously unthinkable ways, Bradbury’s name has come up a lot more. Are we living in a world Ray Bradbury tried to prevent?

That’s the central question behind an online event being held Aug. 27 by Zocalo Public Square. It features Arizona State University Center for Science and the Imagination professor Michael Bennett.

The Show spoke with him for more about Bradbury's philosophies.

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