Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Reading suggestion - a fun one!

So, with all these readings about a movement to a post-industrial world, I found something you all might enjoy for another perspective – “Player Piano,” by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s a distopian novel that depicts a world where everything is run by machines, and everyone is separated into two groups by IQ tests: the managers who run the factories and everyone else. Only, since the machines control everything, there is now a massive population that has nothing to do beyond drink and occasionally clean up after the machines.

Not something that can make a resource for any of the projects, but a fun book – far more upbeat than “1984” – and one that shows what could happen if machines wind up replacing too many of our services. Plus, it's a shorter book with good-sized type.

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