Ray Bradbury doesn't believe "in colleges and universities" -- or the internet. Mr. Bradbury opened up about his distaste for the internet in a recent interview.  (Source: The New York Times)
One of science fictions last surviving greats sounds off with controversial opinions about the internet

With the loss of Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton last year, the survivors of the elite group of twentieth century science fiction authors has dwindled.  Such greats as George Orson Welles, Robert Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov had already passed away.  One of the last surviving greats is Ray Bradbury, currently 88.  Mr. Bradbury is known for such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles.

Recently Mr. Bradbury has taken his passion for books to new heights, campaigning for the Ventura County Public Libraries.  He explains, "Libraries raised me.  I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years."

Perhaps out of concern that the internet is displacing printed works, he let loose some colorful comments about the internet and its worth in The New York Times this week.  He comments, "The Internet is a big distraction.  Yahoo called me eight weeks ago.  They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what I told them? ‘To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet`.  It’s distracting.  It’s meaningless; it’s not real. It’s in the air somewhere."

A Yahoo spokesperson said they could not comment on the issue.  They said they were unsure if Mr. Bradbury's account matched up to reality. 

Other science fiction greats such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke took a warmer stance on the internet, embracing its growing role in society.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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