Library Wars

Inspired by the Texas premiere of the crazy, college, dystopian film ROCK STEADY ROW (Flix Brewhouse - Wed, July 25 - 7:30pm), the Other Worlds staff has put together some predictions of the College Experience of the Future.

ROCK STEADY ROW centers around a young college freshman who, after his bike is stolen, lands on a college campus and is compelled to take action against the reigning fraternities and ultimately the dean. Writer Bomani Story will be in attendance and will do a Q&A after the screening.

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In the meantime, check out this chilling glimpse of the future for students from Tessa Morrison, OWA programmer and Outreach Director:

Library Wars

The year is 2028 and violence in schools and universities of all levels have reached epic proportions and the mortality rate is so high that only 35% of students make it out alive and of that less than 15% graduate. To combat this the U.S. has enrolled all-VR schooling starting in 2030. No one is present at an actual school building and attends institutions of higher learning from home on their personal VR equipment. The hope was to avoid large congregations of students that could be easily targeted. 

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However, those who are too poor to afford their own equipment use the free facilities at the local public libraries. These libraries are under constant attack and while many have beefed up security and have library-bots equipped with the Dewy Decimal System and armed to their cooling fans with all manner of weapon, there are still casualties. So, in 2032, the Library Wars were in full swing. 

While privileged teachers and students hologrammed in from the safety of their own homes and students hack their avatars to break dress code for shits and giggles, there were others fighting for their lives between stacks of Stephen King and Danielle Steel novels. You might get to learn the Pythagorean theorem, but you’d likely trade a toe for it. Some days were a balancing act… like how bad do I need to learn about ancient Egypt’s second confirmed female pharaoh Hatshepsut versus damaging my ears further with tinnitus from exploding frag grenades? How many highly targeted class times can I miss and still keep my GPA where I need it? 

Who will win the Library Wars? Hard to say. But what I do know is I’m making a mobile library from a tank.

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