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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

RTW: In Which We See the Future

Fortune Telling Song of the Day: "Fortune Faded" by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

After a crappy week, we love the fun of participating in YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday's. This week's definitely no exception--crappy week overload, actually. But, let's put that aside and discuss this week's topic:

Assuming we make it through the 2012 apocalypse, what do you imagine the publishing world will look like 100 years from now?

100 years from now we'd like to think that book publishing would still exist. And because of this wish, we see publishing going in the direction of one of the following two options:


1.) Humans have lost ALL desire to read books. The select few (hopefully our ancestors and the ancestors of our bloggy friends who love to read/write) will preserve special hard copies of books and collect the rare ones that are still printed. The others (you know the people who DON'T read and write)will refuse to read books. Books will be transcribed into two hour movies or a collection of quick images.


2.) Books are now programmed into tiny computer chips lodged in our brains. The chips will be implanted and we will have to plug ourselves into a digital library to download the books that we want. The books will then "play" in our brains and we will see images and the text through our new mega brain power.

Hmmm, # 2 sounds pretty awesome actually. What do you all think publishing will be like 100 years from now??

11 comments:

Cindy Thomas said...

I love your futuristic publishing world! I can totally see the movies playing out. Then, what would happen to the movies that they made out of books? Hmmm...

Meredith said...

I definitely don't want to think about a future in which people have lost the desire to read! So I like option 2. :)

Alicia Gregoire said...

I said something similar about number 2.

Tracey Neithercott said...

Great minds, ladies. I did something like number 2, too. I think that'd be pretty cool, actually.

Lara said...

"Books will be transcribed into two hour movies or a collection of quick images." Horrifying!

#2 is also sort of horrifying, though very cool (so long as it doesn't hurt too much). Have you read M.T. Anderson's FEED?

Sarah said...

Heh, Lara I thought of FEED, too.

KO: The Insect Collector said...

ooh. Definitely makes me think of Feed, though those kids are maybe a combination of the two. Chips/feeds in brains but not a lot of reading at all.

Sarah Enni said...

1. BOO crappy weeks! Hope it starts looking up, ladies!
2. I am down for a computer chip if it's all books all the time. Anything but the first option!

Marquita Hockaday said...

Thanks for the comments, peeps :D And I have FEED sitting on my bookshelf. I bought it at SCBWI's annual conference in LA this past summer and started reading it...then I neglected it. Shame on me! I'll put that at the top of my reading pile now.

Katy said...

Yowza! Your future is so technologically advanced! Though I'm scared of change in general, the idea of stories right in our minds does sound very cool. :)

Milena March said...

I can imagine sitting in a boring meeting and having a book beamed into my brain... and nobody would ever know. The perfect way to survive tedious tasks nobody really wants to do. Like housework. :D