Ray Bradbury anticipates earbuds
Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is more than an obligatory high school English text. It happens to be a blueprint for Millennial society. OK, burning books never really caught fire as a civic duty, but Bradbury predicted a zoned-out society where people plugged ‘seashells’ into their ears to enjoy white noise, and focused their critical faculties on an early form of reality TV. Half a century later, and the sidewalks are swarming with tuned out teenagers nodding to their headphones, and Kim Kardashian has 47 million followers on Twitter.