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© 2014 by Richard Frisbie
The Uncommentator: Story of the Day
My Digital Dystopia
February, 2014--I was delighted a few years ago when a pregnant young relative sent me copy of a ultrasound image introducing me to a future young relative. Sent from a distant city, it just popped up on my computer screen. That’s just one of the amazing new features of the new digital world that I enjoy along with almost everyone else.
So I visualize my future a few years from now. I discard all my books in print and purchase an ebook reader. (There’s already a library in San Antonio that stocks ebooks only.) I cancel my telephone landlines. My new appliances can be remotely controlled by my smart phone.
In order to do this, I have disregarded certain warnings. Jason Merkoski, who helped invent the Kindle for Amazon, foresees that ebooks will soon take over everywhere. But he concedes that ebooks could lead to a cultural disaster comparable to the loss of the great ancient library of Alexandria. In his book, Burning the Page: The Ebook Revolution and the Future of Reading, he notes that companies like Google and Amazon will soon be holding the world’s literature only as ebooks on their servers. But what if the servers are destroyed by an asteroid? What if Amazon overreaches by using their private drones to deliver babies as well as packages before people ask for them? What if they go bankrupt?
I find a candle on a shelf, but there’s nothing to read but a cereal package while I curse the darkness.