Monday, May 28, 2012

On "Emote Control" by Anne Swan (2243 words) ***

Swan's story is a kind of sales pitch. In fact, it seems more like a sales pitch than a story, and yet the story creeps in slowly underneath. It's a piece about control--control of our lives, control of our surroundings. In this world of ever-increasing services, of online spying that allows people to know more about us than we even realize about ourselves, the "Emote Control" device the narrator is offering allows us to be completely pleased at the end of our time on earth. What it doesn't offer is the ability to redeem a past wherein we failed to make a difference to someone close to us that we lost. Technology, Swan hints, is only as good as its user. Read the story here at Joyland.

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