November 9th, 2005

mugshot

A thought

Back in the olden days (think: 1970s here), when I first started reading science fiction, lasers were the sort of things starship troopers carried around instead of shotguns, Ugly Aliens for the zapping of.

Today, thirty years later, lasers are commonplace. So what have they replaced? The shotgun? No. They've replaced the gramophone needle. Because people are more interested in enjoying creative works more efficiently than they are with zapping aliens more efficiently.

It's times like this I think that our species has just a vague chance of actually muddling through without wiping ourselves out.