Kei Fujiwara HIS Reads Round 3

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” Knowledge is complex. It can be as dangerous and powerful as a bomb. It can make the world change, grow, and aspire. It depends on how the information is shared communicated and understood. Guy Montag is a firefighter. No, not the one we know now. A firefighter that burns. Burns books constantly for a job. From the burning of books, knowledge and serious deep thinking became unnecessary to the people. Montag was one of these people. But afterward, he said. “We need not be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” But, then things changed. He met a strange girl. Clarisse. She thought deeply about the world. They talked and talked every day. Montag’s eyes opened and the universe that he saw changed. He started to realize that there was important information in the book. Some knowledge and information that even the government was afraid of. So he decided to sneak out one book from the firefighter headquarters and read one. I bet you didn’t know that. In books, there is information that even the government fears. There is information that the government bans. Censorship. Every country has it whether you know it or not. Manipulation through propaganda and media happens. “The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Malcolm X. How are we interconnected with this problem? All of us look at social media. I do too. There is nothing wrong with looking at social media. It’s how how you look at it. Are you really looking at things that are real? Can you trust the world of social media? What can we do to stop the world of censorship? In social media, there are algorithms that choose what you look at. According to David Sable global CEO at Y&R, You can stop censorship by expanding your horizons. “Don’t allow the algorithm to limit your world view. Venture beyond your comfort zone to explore new ideas and challenge your thinking. Always keep an open mind while never losing your tether to basic humanity.” Manipulation and censorship will forever be with humanity. But understanding how to act can change the future of you. 2:50-54
“Where books are burned, in the end people will burn.” -Heinrich Heine

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