The following is a topic I’m asking college English students to write about on their blogs for a class I teach. I thought I’d post my “example” here for fun.
Asking about an email from the year 2105 begins as follows:
“Email, what’s that? To send and receive messages from other species (not just humans) we used genetically engineered telepathy. All communication is sent via mind transfer. Primitive humanity enjoyed email, but we’ve evolved into a far superior society.”
Or perhaps a better way to put it: __________________________.
Why is the line blank? Several potential reasons, differing from the first idea, come to mind. After the uber-intelligent and visually appealing aliens invaded earth, humanity died off within a generation of the planet being completely depleted of all resources.
If not an alien invasion, perhaps the Mayan calendar correctly predicted the doom of humankind. “It’s the end of the world as we know it” made the perfect theme song for 2012 after all.
Well, the annihilation of the cosmos may stretch our imaginations too far. So let’s assume that the world didn’t end, but changed drastically. The indigenous people of pre-Mexico were on to something that we might even consider apocalyptic. Perhaps nuclear war broke out and destroyed all of the great achievements of Modernity, leaving behind a world that survives by implementing a way of life that only compares to the Middle Ages.
In such a world, the world of 2105, an email would simply be ___________________.
What do you think an email from 2105 would say?