I have recently read the two books and let me tell you this: I think right now, in the year 2012, our reality is like a combination of these two books. I wonder what you think:
In Fahrenheit 451, people have flat panel TVs on their walls (!) and never read books.
In 1984, everyone has a TV in their flat that CANNOT be turned off.
Recently after visiting different people on different occasions I realized that a LOT of them have their flat panel TVs constantly on and never ever read books
As far as the content of the programming is concerned, apart from tons of advertising it consists of a mixture of silly interactive shows that take a patronizing stance towards the viewer (like in Fahrenheit 451) and propaganda (like in 1984).
In F541 people didn't read books because they were forbidden. In 1984 people could read books but their content was controlled and constantly changed by the government. In both realities the purpose was to stop people from thinking too much after reading books. It was much better to simply "stupify" them with television. I wonder what you think about all this