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Worldbuilding and the tiny piddly details.

Okay, so, two years into the world government of the Paxverse, they have had a massive push towards upgrading/redesigning the technological culture (for example, this is a world where America has dropped out of the global economy, so no Hollywood, and all "television" is done on a file-by-file basis, via a world-wide-web type situation which is all the same system, as is communications; one network for all, and an enormously complicated one at that). Another example: no more new textbooks, and most newspapers are received via "tablets", which are not too dissimilar from what we'd think of when hearing the word, except that they're a bit more compact and a lot more lightweight, and everyone has one, like everyone has a cell phone now.

Anyway, there are still sort of television sets, even though there is no television, per se - in the sense that there are monitor units that are the exact same units one uses to, say, word process or do other PC-type things. So, people still have them in their living rooms, but might also have them in their kitchens, classrooms would have large-scale versions. Um. Think of the Babcom from B5? Entertainment/communication consoles. But the problem is, I am having trouble deciding on a colloquial name for them. I've used a few different names in the book so far, but I'm not sure I like any of them.

Thoughts, LJ-land? Or words other genre fiction has used? Perhaps I can cannibalise something.

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nute
Oct. 16th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
So what you've done is removed serialized television from the setting, and turned the television medium into an equivalent of the print medium - a totally on-demand service. I like it.

As for what to call them, "screens" works. Most people call the newspaper "the paper", which technically refers to the medium it's printed on, but everyone knows that you're referring to the whole by the part (synecdoche, IIRC).
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