Facebook as Hal 9000? "2014: A Facebook Odyssey" Seems Entirely Plausible
By Cryteria (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons
With all the press coverage in the past month about Facebook Messenger extending its reach throughout users' smartphones, many users have taken to uninstalling the app entirely and even backing off their use of Facebook in general. Warranted or not, the idea of a creepy Dave-Hal style conversation happening between a Facebook user and the site itself is actually an interesting concept.
In fact, it totally works:
DAVE: (Adjusts an earpiece.) Hello, Facebook.Excerpt from 2014: A Facebook Odyssey, published on McSweeney's
(A blue dot appears in the center of the screen.)
FB: Hello, Dave.
DAVE: Login and open settings.
FB: I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that.
And so it goes.
The story is written by Ben Jurney who has a great subtly sarcastic writing style that I am completely in love with. Case in point, his short from The New Yorker, entitle: Sorry, I was Hacked. If quietly sarcastic is your thing too, check out more of his writings published on McSweeney's.
And of course, make sure to check out the entire 2014: A Facebook Odyssey. It's a quick read but oh, so, poignant.