There is a rather significant discrepancy between the thousands of visitors to the “webcomic” every month, and those that visit my blog. As bereft of technological prowess as I am, I have not been able to find an effective way of combining image an blog together on one site, though I know there a million webcomics that do it. Part of my challenge is finding the time for the overhaul. Possibly this summer. Anyway, there is lots of good stuff here. But then again, if you are here, you are not part of the problem. However, if you are here, let’s get some dialog going. I would love to get more feedback on the story, or the themes, or design fiction, or any of the above. I would be happy to discuss the finer points of rendering or 3D modeling. Just throw something out there. Keeing within the discourse of reasonable minds, I’m willing to entertain it. Just sayin’.
So, here we are on page 62 as Kristin confronts Governor Nakamura on why Sean was hanging out on the especially nasty part of town. Last week I went in to considerable detail on what one might find in a trip to the Mong Kok district of DownTown, but the Governor doesn’t seem to have a clue why Sean was there. According to the Governor, “I know that it is unusual these days, but Sean was raised with strong moral convictions”. Kristin does, indeed, find this unusual — perhaps unbelievable. I see this as a bit of a commentary on the morality of the 22nd century and I’ve written about this before. In a previous post I wrote:
“Andrew Curry (2010) examines this idea in The 1910 Time Traveler, asking what a 1910 Edwardian might think of 21st century London. He thinks many of the technologies may well be conceivable. The bigger changes may be in the quality and realism of content, the disappearance of industry and cleaner air. ‘The bigger changes, though, would almost certainly be about values.’ The society is more international, more politically civil, the role of women has changed dramatically, and then there is: ‘Casualness of dress and social etiquette generally: both Edwardian men and women tended to travel well covered up, even at the beach. In contrast, our informality of clothing, and the casualness of our language – even rudeness – along with the end of most visible signs of etiquette, would be a profound change… But there’s perhaps an underlying story here. When we think about long-term change with the benefit of hindsight, the things we think are unfathomable are usually the technology – planes, cars, computers. But it is at least as likely that the things that time travelers would most struggle with are the shifts in social values, which are almost invisible to us because we swim in them constantly and adapt ourselves to them as they change.'”1
One could surmise that so goes morality. Yet, the bigger question is whether we, in our 2159 skins, even notice? Bodies are perfect, you can manipulate your hormones and body chemistry, illness is history, and nakedness is almost passé. Pornography has gone from something you look at, to a visceral experience in the V. With a constant redefinition of morality based on our social change at what point will we no longer recognize it?
The Governor’s comment is not something that we would find uncommon for a parent to say today, many of whom are unaware of what their kids real moral life looks like. Sean is a prodigy. He is a highly regarded and influential scientist, and synthetics designer and he’s been living on his own for a while. How would the Governor really know if Sean has retained his moral upbringing? Lots of interesting questions as the saga continues.
1. Curry, Andrew. http://thenextwavefutures.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/the-1910-time-traveller/