Coming out of cyber-sleep always feels like a bad case of food poisoning. Lt. Kozo sat in the sanitizer chamber for the better part of an hour as every orifice convulsed and expelled whatever liquid was left in his body.
“I know this is just a ploy of the. For all I know, I was only sleeping for five minutes,” thought the lone explorer hoping that the thought scanners were not activated yet.
Ever since the Toxic Meltdown, all exploration was executed remotely by lone explorers in 3D simulation chambers. Kozo knew that the reason they isolated the explorers was so the GenCorp would have full control of anything of value found by the “expendable” explorers.
You think you spent enough time in the shitter, Private. Not much different than when I found you unemployed on that ancient 5G network scalping soup kitchen tokens.
Kozo never knew where or when the Voice would invade his thoughts, but ever since his first cyber-sleep the Voice seemed to be inescapable.
Time to pay for all those Acai cocktails you are consuming, Grunt. Uplink to Cyber Sector 1701. You’re already three days behind on your exploration of World 1138–Code name WordPress.
Kozo entered the 3D simulator and began his search.
Transmission Interrupted–code NeXT99
Wake up, you minimum wage GIF file. Don’t think that I’m not going to require a full memory scan when you de-activate. You better have not cut the transmission manually or I’ll have your memory re-booted and the last thing you’ll remember is an infinite loop of my foot up your ass.
Kozo wiped the spittle off the touch activated terminal. He checked the floating screens surrounding him and everything looked vaguely familiar.
What did you find? And how can we monetize it?
The tiny metallic thought scanner raced around Kozo’s head like a mechanical bunny at the dog races that Kozo had seen in an archival YouTube museum.
Although WordPress has a healthy populace with access to resources, the core of the population does not seem interested in Multi-Terestrial Capitalism. I infiltrated a number of communication channels and very few of them attempted to download Cyber-credits from my account.
Much of the communication seems genuine and selfless, especially the likes and comments. Some of the royalty with “FP” status have huge followings, yet they mingle with even the most nascent of neophytes.
Is there a way we could exploit the communication channels to build a following to monetize? What if you looped the likes function or spidered the profiles and comments?
Many of the residents cloak themselves with avatars. There are some who exploit the like function unscrupulously, yet these seem to be the minority. Many of the inhabitants seem more concerned with helping others or sharing information for free. For example, a FP royalty member named Rarasaur simply tries to make others smile or improve their happiness quotient. She even offers free services to anyone who wants them. Others like Mindfulbalance, Enjoylifeforonce, and GoodMorningGratitude post daily reminders to enjoy life. This seems to make them enjoy their own life by helping others.
I think to monetize and exploit this sphere would be a huge mistake. You might extinguish some very unique life forms that might never exist in any other environment. Artists like Dieuonthegrass, Sthetic, and the subversive genius, NIKOtheOrb, need this space to create their magic. (I would put a probe on the last one. She seems to have access to classified information that she is distributing to the masses through diverse mediums in a revolutionary tone.)
You are not paid to think, drone. Sounds to me like you have been fraternizing with the natives. You better not go Kurtz on us or we’ll be sending out a Speaker for the Dead ASAP.
There is one thing I learned here that proved to be extremely useful.
Well, tweet it, moron.
It is simply that “connections are more important than sales.”
What in Cyberspace is that supposed to mean?
It just means that if you sever the connection, you have no sales–and NO CONTROL.
Transmission Interrupted–Attempt to re-link denied. Explorer Kozo is off the Grid. Last known location WordPress.com–Everydaygurus.
Thank you for reading, sharing, and/or smiling.
This post is inspired by the Weekly Writing Challenge: Shift Your Perspective. “This week, we’re challenging you to explore how different narrative modes affect your writing.”
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