Sunday, March 6, 2022

Conspiracy theories part 2

 So, a while ago, I wrote a post on conspiracy theories which I only published in 2021 - it must have been part of my big collection of posts that I built up in case I didn't have time to write any for the week. For the most part, it worked, but sometimes the posts were released years after I had written them and sometimes they were about games that had decided to close on the day I published the post.

So, when I wrote about conspiracy theories before, I thought they were some harmless bizarre stories circulated in only a tiny proportion of the population and that it did no harm. When did I write that post. I think it was 2015.

I had no idea how far conspiracy theories could go.

The answer, it seems, was too far.

Now, in 2022, we now know that the internet is awash with people spreading false information (I'm not going to say it), hacking prominent figures' emails and releasing anything remotely incriminating in order to change elections. Companies are gathering our data and controlling what we see on the Internet so that we spend all our time on it. That usually involves reading things that completely agree with us or reading things that are guaranteed to make us full of rage so that we engage with them more.

The first Rulers of the NOW I wrote was set in 3012 and was a parody of a world where the conspiracy theories were true. Now, things are getting a little too real.

Rulers of the NOW has evolved. It is now set in a future I will probably be alive in. I wanted it to be like the book Make Room! Make Room! (which the film Soylent Green is based on).

I suggest you scoop it up.

Make Room! Make Room! is based in the near future (for the 1960s) in a world that is incredibly overpopulated. It follows a detective and his quarry and the horrible world they live in. Towards the end, the detective's flatmate has a monologue about how birth control is a good thing and might have stopped the situation they are in now. 

The book is telling you the consequences of an action and then telling you how to stop it. It is trying to show you a possible future and also how to avoid it.

The book is also based on very current worries of the time. In the 1960s, people were worried about the problems of overpopulation.

I want Rulers of the NOW to be a Make Room! Make Room! for 2021 - giving the possible horrible consequences of our current situation and hopefully, what I think we should do about it.

I finally released Rulers of the NOW this January. In fact, March 5th (the day before this post was published) 2042 is the date your character does something pretty risky. 

You can get Rulers of the NOW for free (at the time of posting, if you have any money, I would suggest you donate it to Ukraine instead) from Drive Thru or Itch.

That's enough for one day. I'm getting hungry. I'll go and eat something healthy.

You are what you eat!

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