1. Shut down both Twitter and Tumblr. I honestly don't get why these services exists--they're just blogs but with restrictions instead of features--Twitter's is low word/letter counts, Tumblr's is no ability to comment and instead you have to reblog. In both cases this means there is no nuanced discussion or understanding and, predictably, both sites are known to spawn some dangerous ideology. So they might as well not exist.
Unfortunately, as long as they fit some kind of need, something similar will probably emerge to fill the vacuum.
Now, if, as a god, you could address the need that gives rise to Twitter and Tumblr, that would be something. Except it would also be a heck of a lot more complicated.
Shut down Hollywood... but only for five, maybe ten years. In those years America would be forced to import media from the rest of the world (not exclusively Japan) and play that in theaters or on television.... which is how the rest of the world already works.
The Hollywood machine keeps an awful lot of people really busy – even if it's just people trying unproductively to break into the Hollywood machine. What would they do instead?
Modern internet nature also has a side to it I don't like, this feeling that only one voice ever gets to be heard [...]. Wikipedia is much the same--if they say, for example, that nobody bought tickets to Movie X, even if Movie X was actually really successful, you can't challenge the narrative and it gets to be in their canon, and since they're a top hit on Google...
When I think of the old Internet, I think of mailbags, which is the ultimate form of "one voice" deciding what gets to be heard.
Now, I suppose an individual editor can take upon himself the responsibility of ensuring that different viewpoints worthy of attention get heard, and that unworthy viewpoints can be censored completely and not given the slightest attention. And perhaps this is in some way a better strategy than letting a faceless democracy pretend to decide everything. But more than anything else, it's a hell of a lot of work, especially when people whose censored viewpoints can easily find some other way to make themselves heard.
...But then, a god wouldn't have to be concerned about such things.
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1. Make anything edible 100% nutritionally complete, bio-available, and non-toxic. Complete set of macronutrients, micronutrients, and fiber. It would be possible to live off of a diet, that purely consists of flaming hot Cheetos, and live past the projected age of 120 years. For that matter, alcohol is non-toxic to the liver.
2. Rearrange the tectonic plates to get the land back into one giant super continent, Pangaea.
3. Give plants, animals, insects, fish, fungi, etc the ability to communicate with mankind. Either verbally or telepathically.
4. Compulsory education would include: Financial education - businesses-investing-taxes,etc , manners and etiquette, world culture-customs-cuisines, Anger-Management and domestic violence/abuse, Laws, the-legal system:navigate court fines-charges-defense-etc, and verbal aikido (the art of shit-talking, talking shit, yo-mama jokes, and learning to take shit from people).
Post by edmonddantes on Jan 1, 2019 1:54:20 GMT -5
Admittedly the Hollywood thing isn't something I put a lot of thought into, but like I said I think a part of me was literally in a "just shut it down and watch the chaos" mentality at the time.
Since that melancholy has passed though... I wouldn't allow anyone who was negatively impacted by my fiats to lose their home or ability to live, probably what I'd even do is set up some sort of corporation (so that I could try to work within the hu-man's system instead of just making everything a strict fiat) and buy their land and then say "Oh, keep living here, I'll even have food and stuff delivered each day" so they can just live happily with their families. This still leaves the issue of people who want to work though.
Part of me is also working under the assumption that I would still do the thing I mentioned in the spoilered part of the OP, that self-cloning superhero, who would thus act as the deliveryman (and many other things since this being can do most anything... probably even translate some visual novels for me).
I also just realized my original thingy said nothing about online video platforms. I kinda wonder what the fallout of that would be, like especially considering all the issues with copyright bots and stuff Youtube has been having. A large portion of US creators being dependent on it might force it to critical mass.
... I had an idea about compulsory education as well: I was thinking that once a year, every human being on the planet over the age of (ten? I haven't settled on an age yet) would feel this compulsion--similar to that "I really want to do this" hyped-up feeling you sometimes get when looking forward to a video game arriving in the mail--to enter this sort of timeless subspace (which the entrance to would always be conveniently nearby) and read through Lord of the Rings, then next year Romance of the Three Kingdoms, then the year after that... I forgot what the third book would be (probably either Dune or Hitchhiker's Guide). The enthusiasm would persist until their done, and in this pocket space there'd be nothing interrupting them (no sickness or needing to eat etc, and they'd have the requisite lingual knowledge) and best of all... when they come out, only a second would've passed in the real world.
Post by edmonddantes on Jan 4, 2019 8:51:23 GMT -5
I could. I really don't want to be that much of a tyrant though, just snapping my fingers and changing people's literature preferences. I would save that kind of thing for people who are outright dangerous/psychopathic.
Honestly my thoughts on must-read books aren't so much about whether people will like them or not... its more about learning from the experience. I swear certain authors feel like they're close to figuring out the truth about how the universe works (to that end I should probably make H.P. Lovecraft's entire body of literature must-read, as well as the five Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books), and it just seems that the more people who have first-hand experience with the knowledge and concepts (which you can't really get from wikipedia articles), the better.
And please, unpack the ways it could all go wrong. I'm honestly kinda fascinated with that.... which alone probably means I would be the worst god ever...