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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

What does Fahrenheit 911 mean?

The meaning of Fahrenheit 451 is about the government burning books at a temperature of 451 degrees. What does Fahrenheit 911 mean? Is it just sensationalist? Is it meant to imply government secrecy or coverups ala Farenheit 451? What's the literary analogy?

Bradbury's thoughts on Fahrenheit 911, From nbc6.net:

He won the hearts and minds of critics and audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, but Michael Moore has upset a legendary science fiction author with the title his anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."

In an English translation of an interview Ray Bradbury did with the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter, published last week, the Web site World Net Daily reported the author of the classic fiction novel "Fahrenheit 451" called Moore a "screwed a------" because he "stole" the title.

"He stole my title and changed the numbers without ever asking me for permission," the 83-year-old Bradbury reportedly said in the interview.

"Fahrenheit 451" -- Bradbury's future vision where firemen start fires to burn books -- refers to the temperature at which paper burns.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" questions President George W. Bush's handling of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. It also examines the ties between the Bush family and Osama bin Laden's.

Bradbury also called Moore a "horrible human being" in the interview, yet insisted that his anger had nothing to do with Moore's political views.

"He copied my title; that is what happened," Bradbury reportedly said in the interview. "That has nothing to do with my political opinions."

Bradbury reportedly tried to contact Moore about the title several months ago, but the filmmaker avoided him. Bradbury did not indicate in the report whether or not he would take legal action.



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