There is no future. Express that thought aloud and you’ll get plenty of agreement, but for different reasons. For some people, it will be simple nihilism. After all, the Sixth World staggers from crisis to crisis, disaster to disaster, with whatever balances holding the world together always on the verge of total and final collapse. The people who are in charge of the world seem to have little regard for it beyond what they can extract for their enjoyment, and even less re
gard for the billions of people who crawl its surface. That form of controlling the world would seem to be unsus
tainable, but it’s lasted for the better part of the century. With each year, though, the inevitable ruin comes closer, and it seems increasingly unlikely that there will be any
The other way of looking at the opening sentence does not necessarily contradict the first one. Wheth
er the future is bleak or not, whether total destruction looms or not, isn’t relevant. Because the thing about the future is, it stays out of reach. There is always a future in front of us, but we always live in the present. The mo
ment you are in is the one that is real. The past is gone, the future doesn’t arrive. There is no future because we all live in the now
So what are you doing with your now? You can be entertained, if that’s what you want. Corp drones of the world don’t have a lot of free time, while the SINless of the world don’t have a lot of scratch, but there are precious few people in the industrialized nations of the world (which is the vast majority of them) who can’t find their way to the Matrix and its wealth of entertainment options. You could catch up on tunes, watch some trid flicks, cheer on your favorite team, or consume news in whatever fashion works for you. If you want to be paci
fied and numbed, there are more than enough options for you. Your present can be a rest from the stresses and worries of your other present moments, and with the world the way it is, who can blame you?
But you can make your present something more. You can push beyond the bland, corp-sponsored drek that fills every mainstream broadcast, download, or whatever, seeking out a little more and finding the jewels hidden in deep caverns. The bands, singers, and MCs who don’t have the glittery sheen of corp pro
duction on their music and don’t want it. The trid dra
mas and documentaries that set out searing questions about the way the world is and how it can change. And the news that has the courage to commit to the radical act of telling the truth.
This book is your guide to Sixth World entertainment, media, and culture. It starts with Look Forward in An
ger , an overview of how the media market looks and why it looks that way. Blitzkrieg Bops takes on the mu
sic scene, including bands and venues, while Creation Starts with Darkness looks at how we consume moving pictures and accompanying sensations, namely through trid, simsense, and BTLs. Leading and Bleeding looks at Sixth World news, including the rare few who tell it straight, and Thrills and Agonies takes on the sporting scene. We Suck Young Blood examines how corps co opt youth movements in the eternal effort to stay fresh, and Game Information brings rules, including gear, qualities, and life modules, tied into Sixth World culture.
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The book will let you know what’s going on in the world, but only you can decide what you’ll do with it. Just choose fast, because there’s no time like the present.