Black Mirror, 1951

"See, the irony is, a completely black mirror wouldn't be a good idea! Much like the nightmare of a telephone you could keep with you!"

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4 Responses:

  1. jer says:

    I knew this was coming. I'm actually scared now.

  2. walrus says:

    I’m reminded of the Heinlein juvvie where in one small descriptive blow-by he foretells both universal mobile phones, and the need to screen calls… (I think it was Between Planets, for the curious).

    • Ham Monger says:

      Heinlein had the ringer for his phone moved to the garage, and when that was insufficient, he then disconnected it. Since the Phone Company had rules about what you could and could not do with your phone (respectively, answer it, and anything else), the Phone Police supposedly got mad at him. I think there weren't any further consequences, though.

      The point here is that Heinlein hated telephones, and the reference above was one of his many efforts to subversively foster such hatred in his readers.

  3. Craig says:

    I like the sweat drawn on the guys head: "Someone will annoy you, no matter where you are. Telemarketers and even worse." Funny how yesterdays nightmares are todays realities.

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