Science fiction futures ruled by the popular kids

Some people's futures are determined by popular vote: American Idol contestants, class presidents, and people who want to get gay married in California. But what if every aspect of our lives was determined by our reputation and popularity? Would our futures be better, or would the tyranny of the popular spin us into… » 2/04/12 10:00am 2/04/12 10:00am

Cory Doctorow To Fans: "Stop Pinging Your Whuffie"

"I am actually a deep Whuffie sceptic. The problem is the same as with cash economics, the lack of social mobility and a winner-takes-all economy. It is also powerfully normative and punishing of minority viewpoints... Pretty much all transformational ideas are challenging to the status quo. A society that doesn't… » 11/26/08 10:20am 11/26/08 10:20am