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How do you like this for a story idea? - James Comey - 06-27-2014 02:54 AM

Imagine a society that takes political correctness a bit too far. Imagine a society which decides that extremism both left and right is dangerous and must be exterminated in order to keep civilization intact. Believe it or not this has been a concept I've actually been pondering for years, but had doubts about it. Sort of like 1984 or maybe Minority Report, except somewhat more democratic.

Basically, those whose ideologies were considered "extreme" have been swept up and taken to secret concentration camps in various countries where they are forced to work and "produce for society" until they've been considered "corrected" enough to return to society. This includes from far left to anarchists, militants, and gang bangers to the far right which include neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and religious zealots. After "the Sweep", society is now reserved only for the "normal". My story is meant to document what life is like now, what happened, and the camps themselves, and explore the question of free speech vs society at large.


How do you like this for a story idea? - Chanku - 06-27-2014 03:50 AM

Well if it's going to be online, why not expand it a bit, maybe do faux radio and television broadcasts that are from the government, and see if someone can do 'propaganda', along with things like recorded 'interviews' as well as text?


RE: How do you like this for a story idea? - xcriteria - 06-27-2014 03:54 AM

(06-27-2014 03:50 AM)Chanku Wrote:  Well if it's going to be online, why not expand it a bit, maybe do faux radio and television broadcasts that are from the government, and see if someone can do 'propaganda', along with things like recorded 'interviews' as well as text?

This could be quite interesting... a transmedia or even ARG approach.


How do you like this for a story idea? - James Comey - 06-27-2014 05:54 AM

Yeah.... that sounds like a really good idea really.


How do you like this for a story idea? - Chanku - 06-27-2014 06:10 AM

Hell I'd love to participate in an ARG of this if you do that. And also thanks.


RE: How do you like this for a story idea? - Vatman - 06-27-2014 06:36 AM

I feel like the theme of free speech in a novel is an exercise in humility. You have this limitless free speech and then you have to somehow quell your characters ability to express themselves? Sounds painstaking to write, but a good premise none the less!


How do you like this for a story idea? - Ky - 06-29-2014 03:16 PM

Ah, 1984 (and Minority Report, but we don't talk about Tom Cruise movies) are excellent examples of dystopian fiction, though I prefer Brave New World and The Giver. Either way, the premise is similar but different; I'm eager to see where this goes.


How do you like this for a story idea? - brainiac3397 - 06-29-2014 03:51 PM

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