Modern Methods of Communication
that our kids are becoming lazy communicators because they text, instant
message, or use Facebook, TikTok and Instagram as means of communication. We
wonder if they’re losing valuable social skills by not engaging in actual
The young people’s
habits are carrying over to my generation (Boomers), and I think it’s a good
thing. I’ve talked to more people today than I would’ve in a week. I had five
communications and can have even more when I’m through here. All I need to do
is go to Facebook and chat with whoever is on. If I go to text messaging, I can
chat with my daughter who lives in another state. My brother emailed me photos
from Texas, and I texted him to ask when he was coming home.
In the last two
days, I talked to two of my former students on Messenger and received a job
offer on LinkedIn. This is addictive. No wonder kids can’t put their phones
down. My friends and I are more eloquent on Facebook than we would be on the
phone, and we’re learning the shorthand that kids use while texting.
We may also be a
little more honest in these quick conversations, which I’m learning to watch
because there’s still something about hearing tone and voice inflections.
Still, we don’t fill our online conversations with extraneous details,
conversation openers, or needless chatter. We say what we really need to say
and sign off.
The kids have hit
on something that makes them much more social and more connected than we were
Now, if only we could talk to people or play games just by thinking about it, via a chip in our heads. Welcome to the world in 2087.
(Excerpt from The Neon Houses, The new computer chip.)
“I had a good time, as usual. You
guys don’t disappoint,” said Declan Daniels, another of Dickey’s coworkers and
probably the one who worked the closest with him and Mayor Scott Baker.
Declan,” Noel said.
called out to Noel’s dad and waved him over. “This is the guy I was telling you
about, Cam. He’s always looking for the latest microchip dashes.” Dickey made
could be purchased and stamped into a chip’s memory band, allowing access to
books, movies, and music through the sensory modules of one’s brain.
for your interest, Declan,” Cam said. “I’m working out a few kinks in our
latest dash. We want better ways to activate or halt the program. Head turns
were sufficient when there were just a few dash applications, but as we add to
the number, subtle head movements aren’t enough. I see too many customers about
to snap their heads off in order to turn a game on.”
not funny, guys!” Cam said.
lot of my friends have the first versions, and they don’t mind using head movements to operate the controls,” Declan said. “Are
you saying that I should wait awhile for you to develop alternate controls?”
said Cam. “Just a while longer. I’ll have Fredrick tell you when it’s time to
put his hat on. “Dr. Reed, it’s been a pleasure, and please let me know if you
need to test those new dashes on someone. I love the action games.”
“I might take you up on that.” Cameron laughed and shook hands with him.
What would you do if you were the daughter of a cult hero who boasted a past life full of exciting, colorful exploits?
Suppose the thing that made your mother a cult hero was also inside you.
Now, imagine spending your whole life trying to hide it—until you shared the heart stopping death of someone close to you.
Supposed that death brought you face to face with the gift of the neon
New Chicago and its neighboring
town, The Southland, are vastly different worlds in circa 2087, but Dr. Noel
Kennedy is an expert at navigating both worlds. As the Deputy Chief of Schools
in The Southland, Noel has perfected being a solid, middle-class citizen. Not
even her husband, Fredrick Kennedy, truly understands what she is.
When Zarah Fisher, Noel’s young
protégé, is murdered on a deserted street in The Southland, Noel knows the
exact moment Zarah takes her last breath. Though miles away, Noel feels
the girl's terror, and hears her anguished screams inside her own
head because of an inheritance that has left her with extraordinary gifts.
Can Noel find justice for Zarah
without risking it all? Murder, mayhem, and suspense abound in this
More than a mystery, The Neon
Houses thrills the reader with scenes of a futuristic 2087. Autoplanes, body
planes, and flying buses are the norm. Robots and androids cook, clean, and
serve the affluent, while dystopia lurks just around the corner.
LindaMims is a writer, a dreamer, and an educator, who hails from a quiet village
just south of Chicago. Her stories are mainly about urban characters who are
engaged in mystery and mysticism. Her hope is that while entertaining and
informing, she’s also sending the message that humans aren’t that different and
all each of us want is a better world.
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