An Economy of Distraction: Ray Bradbury’s Vision of Technology in the Modern Age


  • Theodore Giraud Prairie View A&M University



Ray Bradbury, Media, Literacy, Entertainment, Technology, Virtual, Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Attention Span


This article examines the role of technology in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and a selection of his short stories (including “The Murderer” and “The Pedestrian”) with an emphasis on Bradbury’s views on overreliance on technology. Bradbury’s views on technology are complex and multifaceted, and his works explore the philosophical questions raised by a dependence on an increasingly technological world. Bradbury’s works caution against the dangerous repercussions of overuse of technology and the way in which individuals are often manipulated by it. The article examines the application of Bradbury’s ideas in the modern world and his views on technology’s effect on literacy and attention span, exploring Bradbury’s views on individual autonomy, and common themes within his work including dystopia, paranoia, and technological overreach. The article also examines Bradbury’s interviews and modern critical evaluations of the themes discussed, identifying commonalities within those themes. It seeks to evaluate the modern application of the ideas and themes discussed in Bradbury’s stories, and how those themes have evolved and continue to be relevant as technology progresses.

Author Biography

Theodore Giraud, Prairie View A&M University

Theodore is an English Lecturer at Prairie View A&M University, where he has taught since 2018. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Literature and History, as well as his Master’s degree in Literature, from the University of Houston. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Education Administration. His research interests include literary theory, technology in literature, compositional theory, science fiction, African-American literature, and English education.




How to Cite

Giraud, T. (2023). An Economy of Distraction: Ray Bradbury’s Vision of Technology in the Modern Age. The New Ray Bradbury Review, (7), 35–47.