This is my entry into the MOCathalon Conceptual Build category for the team Triangulate This!
About this creation
It took Samuel over three years to get the job done. He knew it was going to take some time, but there were definitely a few legal road bumps along the way as well. It didn't help that various religions were upset that their respective books would be confined within the same unit. Sam and the directors fought hard to keep everything within one neat little e-book. It was a triumphant battle.
Once Congress decided in 2021 that one of the best ways to cut federal spending was to do away with libraries altogether, it took only two weeks to assemble the committee and the man for the job. Sam was tasked to load the e-book with the entire collection found in the Library of Congress. Once they were loaded, the committee decided the best way to deal with the old books was to burn them.
The rest of the libraries across the nation had purchased their e-books and had already burned whatever books they had on hand. No sense in paying all of them to load their e-books when Sam would be able to electronically distribute the entire collection with one push of a button.
As he tossed the last book onto the fire, Sam went and turned on the e-book to admire his work. It was then that he discovered that he had accidentally downloaded a virus. Every word had been made illegible. Sam's stomach sank as he scrolled through page after page of lines where there were once words. He had destroyed every single document in the country. His life was about to become Hell.
Shot of the e-reader.
I'd appreciate it if the judges read the whole story before judging. LOL I put a LOT of thought into this category Lee, so I hope that you at least makes ya think a little.
The MOC itself represents dread. This is exactly how I felt when I caught a virus from MOCpages that completely wiped out over three years of pics that I had THOUGHT were backed up. There are other messages here though.
When I was a about nine I learned of the "Banned Book List". Yes it does exist. And Yes there are still people out there trying to get various books banned. Everything from the Bible to Rosemary's Baby, Tarzan, Catch-22, Stranger in a Strange Land, etc. There's been a LOT of book burnings across the world through out history, and that helped me imagine this.
At the local library they were handing out bookmarks with the list printed on them. One thing I loved about my Mom the most was that she NEVER censored what I read, and encouraged me to read many of the books on the list. I eventually read every book on that list, and even started my High School journalism career writing an editorial about this ridiculous list. But I digress.
The government continuously spends, and spends, and spends. And who wouldn't spend a bunch of FREE money?! With continuing cut backs on programs that help benefit people, the most shocking and ridiculous one I could think of would be to cut out printed books altogether. But imagine if we did that only to find that we lost ALL of our data??!! It's a scary thought....hopefully we will never have to face that nightmare.
I hope that you guys enjoyed that. Thanks again Lee for having us stretch the mental muscles.
Very interesting idea. You pulled this off nicely with the story and build. Congrats on the perfect score! Oh..oops....almost perfect score.
I like it
February 28, 2010
You could also enter this as a "kindle" in the "object shown at actual size" category. This is truly a great piece, and the interesting story adds to it. ~T
I like it
February 28, 2010
reading is one of my favorite things and I cant imagine it becoming electronic, it's so.... terrrible, anyway great MOC, it does look nearly realistic(I've never actually seen one but i've seen pics)
Wow, this is good! I've always thought of the idea of machines taking over our lives, and how dependent we are on them. They can be very efficient, but if something were to go wrong, the world would fall apart. Excellent concept :)
I do enjoy it, and I have to admit I was wondering where you were going with this. The loss of all printed material would be dreadful - I would rather loose the internet that all written material. "Dread" as a concept is a good one. Looking back at this build then does make the reader seem like a tool of ignorance and subsequent evil, which then fills me with dread - five (5) points to you. Lee.
Books will never fade completely, I think, but there is no doubt that they'll change their form for the most part. However, as long as you have access to some light you can always read a book. Your power supply goes out on that e-reader and you have a nice mirror to play with.
So true. As the internet and technology expand, books may (I doubt it however; just offering the pessimistic side here)become relics of a past society that filled their minds with words of insight and enlightenment, and not of mindless rants about nonimportant issues.