We’ve discussed the mechanisms of control instituted in the plague ridden society of the late 17th century and the disciplinary society characterized by Bentham’s panopticon that Michel Foucault claims arose from it in the 18th century. Fahrenheit 451’s setting is similar in some ways to the world that Foucault writes about. In what ways might the “disciplinary society” have still been in play when the novel was published in the 1950s? Use the historical and contextual documents in pages 167-212 of Fahrenheit 451 to discuss how the novel’s dystopian society reflects its time period. What do Eller and Bradbury’s accounts tell us about the political, economic and cultural events and tendencies that the novel may have been informed by? Include at least one quote from the reading. If you have space, you can then also discuss any elements of Bradbury’s novel that still ring true today. Post your 200-250 word comment by 11:59 on Sunday 6/1 and come to class prepared to respond to two of your classmates’ comments.