Post by Michael Grosberg
I remember reading a short story that sort-of predicted the
typical black mirror plot of "social media will kill you". If I
remember correctly, the idea is that if you get a number of negative
votes above a certain threshold, which I think was 50,000 but might
have been more, it becomes legal to kill you and not get punished.
I seem to remember it was written by someone known as a milsf
author, such as Pournelle, or Stirling. The story may have been
published in the 80's, but I read it in the last decade.
Robert Sheckley, I think. "Ticket to Tranai."
The protagonist listens in a bar to some semi-drunk, who returned from
space travel and is rambling about his travels and the perfect planet
he was on.
The protagonist travels there, and among other problems, is offered
the job of the president. Only problem is - there's a voting system:
if too many citizens press thumbs down in the Citizens' Booth, the
chain of office explodes.
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