Son of Mass Production and Other High-Tech Tales

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9780963232601: Son of Mass Production and Other High-Tech Tales

Son of Mass Production is a collection of short stories about strange occupations, weird workmates, first-time childhood experiences and political satire, along with some futuristic sci-fi. These are stories that struggle against a wave of media brainwashing, that expose the underbelly of our mass-production, mass consumption culture from a worker's point of view. Although the book explores a lot of social and political themes, it isn't afraid to wander back into childhood to capture a few poignant first-time experiences. The book presents a realistic, truthful and sometimes even painful look at life in modern America, but gives the reader a few good laughs along the way.

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Ken Greenley is a writer who lives in Denver, Colorado. The number of places he's lived is only exceeded by the number of jobs he's had. Greenley likes to explore the themes of class division (in a supposedly classless country), the struggle to stay spiritual in the modern world, and the growth episodes that occur in childhood.

He thinks art, particularly writing, should combat media brainwashing, and should examine the clash between what we're told and what really happens. He tries to make his material as funny as possible, because "I'm trying to make people think and laugh at the same time."

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BROWN RIVER

But after a while some people get tired. They can't keep up. The amount taken out of them starts to exceed the amount taken in. Soon they fall behind. Then they are banished to the outskirts of town, where the steep hills are. and in the winter the ice coats the sidewalks on these steep hills. They try to trudge uphill on the ice. But the cold and the hunger and the fatigue start to take their toll and they slip and fall and try to get up. But then "normal" people line both sides of the sidewalk and kick and punch them and they start to slide down the ice-slicked hills. They try to grab on to parking meters and street signs but the up-standing people stamp their fingers into the ice and they slide all the way down the sidewalk and tumble over the curb and dribble down the sewer and are flushed into the river and that's THE END of those people--of those people. ---that's why the river has that sickly brown color! You can see it, right outside, I try to tell people, that's why the river's brown, causa all the people that got flushed into it, I try to tell people, I do, but then people start lookin at me kinda f--f--funny, ya know, like s--s--somethin's wrong with me maybe? but one thing i do know--the river feeds into the ocean and last summer they had a ban on swimming in the ocean because of certain decaying matter in the water--think I don't know what I'm talkin about, huh? Ah, it's always the same story. I try to tell people what I see going on but they never listen, THEY NEVER LISTEN!! but maybe I should have kept my mouth shut. Maybe they just act like they never listen. Maybe they have ratted to the authorities, told them that I know their secret. That would explain the funny noises I keep hearing on my phone, why it sounds tapped. And now whenever I'm on the street I feel like I'm being followed, in fact I know I'm being followed. They might be closing in on me right at this very moment, while I sit here writing this at my desk!! Yes, I better get out of here--leave the State right now! Well, at least I've written all this down. Maybe I should make lots of copies of this right before I leave and give it to whoever I run into. Then whenever people look at the river they'll remember why it's brown........................

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