Benjamin Rosenbaum

Comments on "Worldcon Panels"

Ben, about that Postcapitalist Social Mechanisms panel: could you report back here whether people seem to understand that the whuffie economy as depicted in Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is a nightmare, not a dream? I think D&O does a pretty good job of lefthandedly undermining its own utopia, myself, but it fascinates me that so many readers seem to react to it as an improvement on the current social contract, not getting the point that a merging of popularity and wealth would be a pox upon the social misfits of the world (a set with some significant overlap with the set of science fiction readers).

Posted by Dan Percival at August 5, 2004 12:23 PM

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