There is so much media out there now. So much to consume.
What if you couldn’t turn it all off.
I was reading Andrew Sullivan’s excellent piece about technology almost killing him again. And it made me think of a story idea I have had for a long, long time. A won very recently I decided to make a NanoWrimo idea, “The Off Channel.”
A world where media is free and constantly flowing at you and you can’t turn it off, you can’t turn off the ads unless you pay. People working two or three jobs just to keep paying off debt for what they owe. People who aren’t sleeping. Who are always in front of their technology.
I originally was thinking something like Google Glass, but you can’t throw that away.
Now, I am thinking something more like an implant.
Always showing content, always showing advertising, that you are always able to buy.
I have been trying a very long time to get the momentum in this story going. It needed a hook.
I think I found one, a Donald Trump presidency and a promise that can get him reelected.
Yep, it’s looking more like fiction every day and it two weeks I hope it’s not the truth.
I could see Donald Trump going towards re-election on a promise to give free cable, free ESPN, free internet, free everything. You just have to take an implant. And you can’t turn it off. That isn’t obvious to start with.
Of course, the 1% knows about it, and some spend an extra few thousand to get the implant they can turn off. Some turn if down completely and pay to turn down the privilidge.
Most are happy to get everything for “free.” At $100/month plus often for cable and another $50/month for internet you are talking $1500/year absolutely free. With all of the content, all of the premium channels everything.
And a complete surround sound experience, it’s like it’s directly wired to your brain, because it is.
I’m still trying to figure out how this works, but it sounds like a lot of fun to write.
And yep making the detestable Donald J. Trump a character. I think my hatred of him is worth a few thousand words.
And it all starts on Tuesday, November 1st, planning to give lots of updates on the blog.