Tuesday, June 14, 2016
A Terrible Momentary Fame
At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)
We've all, at one time or another, said something or done something we regret. I'm talking about minor things, like saying something mean about an acquaintance that you didn't really mean, but would be hurtful if that acquaintance ever heard it. Or, perhaps you did something silly at a party when you'd had too much to drink (notice, I said "silly"). Embarrassing, sure, but nothing criminal.
Now, we don't record these silly minor things for posterity (although, nowadays pictures get taken of everything...). This thing, well, you didn't record it, but someone did...
What if this thing you regret got online and went viral? (No need to tell us what that is ;) )