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Sep. 28th, 2006 | 08:30 pm

Bruce Sterling has a short story in New Scientist featuring the sad life of an angsty teenager in 2026 Perhaps my favorite bit was his biter tirade about how
When she nursed me as a baby, my Mom dropped me right on my head to play Wonder-World of Witchcraft...My Mom's a Welfare Elf Queen

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from: aerynvale
date: Sep. 29th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)

Hah! That was pretty good. Kind of reminds me of an even more fucked up Snow Crash-like setting.

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from: triskellion
date: Sep. 29th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)

That was seriously impressive, and massively disturbing at the same time. Thanks for the link.

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I'm on a big anti graffiti kick right now

from: dilinger
date: Sep. 29th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)

I was having a hard time relating to him. :)(
But it was a good read.

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Diane Trout

Re: I'm on a big anti graffiti kick right now

from: alienghic
date: Sep. 29th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)

Personaly if I ran into that protagonist, I'd laugh at him. Even though facing new technological challenges at teenage rebellion, he's still just a whiny teenager.

I hypothisize that one of the motivations for tagging is there are few opportunities for certain classes of teenager to be noticed or acknowledge. I suspect they tag as a way of peeing on the world, saying "I exist".

There's a great deal of alienation in our society, and this might be one way it comes out.

Anti-graffiti programs probably need to address whatever social issue motives them as well.

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