The Inevitable

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The Citizen Protection Act and the Cultural Preservation Act were passed simultaneously in 2110. The politicians who stood behind them promised that these new laws would increase internet security to prevent identity theft, among other things as well as start the creation of a detailed archive that would chronicle the history of our country...among other things. Once the acts were passed social networking and video sharing websites were shut down, blogging was outlawed and all news and radio stations became government owned. Interest in the internet declined as every website was marked with the seal of The Citizen Protection Act.

Every digital source was moderated by the government; nothing that plugged into a wall or charged by sunlight could be trusted, but when the people turned to old-fashioned pen and paper they were met with another obstacle. Because of the declining rate of the forest life, the destruction of trees had been banned two decades before and every remaining patch of green was heavily guarded by the military. Paper was a foreign import, but after the passing of the Cultural Preservation Act, the borders were put under heavy guard and the government issued a list of what materials were allowed to come into the country. Paper was not one of them. Travel was even limited, only allowing those with government positions to move freely outside of the country.            

The government feigned allegiance to the people by modifying the education and health systems. Private schools were demolished and politicians began to speak of “perfectly equal education,” perfectly equal meaning that every student in every school learned the exact same thing from the exact same lesson plan out of the exact same government-issued textbook. Even the new healthcare plan had a backdoor that allowed doctors and scientists to test unapproved medications and experimental medical procedures on patients in comas, orphans, abandoned elderly, and the homeless.

The people tried to mobilize, but they were crippled by their inability to communicate and they could not call on other parts of the world for assistance. They resigned to the idea that the surrounding countries would somehow find out about their predicament and help them fight against their government. A century passed and help never came.

Created: Feb 09, 2012

Tags: protection, law, politics, protect ip, pipa, apocalypse, sopa, government, internet, future

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