Shared blindness

Ben Elton: Blind Faith, 2007

Ben Elton describes a society where reason is not allowed – where everything is based on faith and feeling, where everybody has to share what they are doing, where everything is ostensibly permitted, even encouraged, where everyone is famous. By law.

This world is a Web 2.0 version of 1984, nightmarish in its shallowness. Elton manages to make it both scary and believable – aside from the the inevitable screw-ups when it comes to technology (the hero creates some software that is decidedly primitive given real search-engines’ capabilities for sentiment analysis and finding links between information items.