Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Digital Witness, by Dominica Phetteplace


(Digital Dystopia) Alma makes a good living from data mining, but she’s not content with her much-younger girlfriend, and besides that, someone is sending her death threats. (4,739 words; Time: 15m)

"Digital Witness," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 05-06|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.259 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is a fairly good description of a future dystopia, where wealth inequality is extreme, but not insane, and where some of the red states have finally succeeded in making abortion illegal—with all the ugliness that that entails.

Con: There’s not much plot to speak of. Alma “solves” the problems with her work and her love life by just abandoning both of them.

It’s a little hard to buy that things could go quite this far without making an end of democracy entirely.

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