Science Fiction vs. Reality on the Streets of Tomorrow’s New Cities
In Guy Montag’s city, it is illegal to be a pedestrian. The main character in Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian American classic, Fahrenheit 451, commutes by subway. He thinks little of the circumstances and of the culture which gave rise to such laws forbidding walking, until he is nearly hit by a speeding automobile and realizes the teenagers behind the wheel are ambivalent to, and even more disconcertingly, desensitized from the possibility of causing a fatal traffic accident.
Far away in George Orwell’s futuristic state of Oceania (Nineteen Eighty...
Source: The Guardian 19 February 2015