6. Powers of Communication; Powers of Imagination

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Test your powers of imagination further, traveler. It doesn’t matter that you’re an apparition of my imagination now, settle down. Stay. I’ve no one else to talk with.
Picture a device for communication that would allow you to speak or write to anybody on the planet who had a like device. Any language, any message, anyone who’s willing to listen. It fits in the palm of a hand. A thing, you’d say, of science fiction.
Now imagine possessing this wondrous item, Sam, and being able to call anyone…and how it would feel when no one responded. When your calls were unanswered, ignored, possibly rejected as contemptible blather. Even your calls for help were dismissed, in every language, by everyone who would otherwise be yours to converse with.
What would you do with that thing in your hand then? Fling it away in a fury? Coddle and croon to it, wheedle, beg, command them to attend?
Would you value it, doubting it would ever serve you?
You would still be better off than I am with the mind’s technology.

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Comments (4 so far!)

  1. Avatar JonB

    An interesting polemic on the paradoxically isolating effect of expanding social connectivity? Perhaps an oblique reflection on Ficly itself. In either case, certainly not contemptible blather – although with my own neo-Luddite tendencies, I would have to disagree with the final line.

  2. Avatar As Large as Alone

    I wanted to follow the challenge’s suggestion to use the two tags as the first and last words of the story, and that’s what came to mind; I will think about another way.

  3. Avatar JonB

    No need to think again – I simply read this through without realising that this was a challenge entry (usually the way, with me); taking into consideration those constraints, the structure makes more sense to me.

  4. Avatar As Large as Alone

    Thank you! It’s kind of you to follow up like that. tips hat

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