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  • Land of Confusion 6: Audiopunks

    Pinpointing the inception point of new fashion can be tricky. Sure, there is Milan but high fashion and street trends are two different beasts. Starting in late 2191 there was a rising trend of implanted micro-speakers in clothing. These musical suitors ranged from tame background music and personal soundtracks for PR and celebrity types to blaring distortion effects used by musicians in concerts or impromptu performances. Like most fashion trends, it soon consumed itself and by the mid 90s was a nearly forgotten fashion mistake.

    In the last three years speck dotting as it later came to be known saw a major resurgence in what would come to be known as the Audiopunks. The first documented Audiopunks were at a right wing political rally in Portland, Oregon, ASA. Weaving into the crowds and speck speakers into over the top hair styles these progenitor punks would trigger distorted audio recordings of the speaker set to music whenever the speakers contradicted themselves. These first Audiopunks were beaten by extreme elements in the crowd. This only served to send the punk message through all the news feeds. Within two months, Audiopunks began appearing at speeches and public gatherings around the world.

    With the continuing cost reduction of PINTs, modern wearable computers, Audiopunks have become a kind of real time fact checking service. Groups set up gatherers who pull audio clips during speeches piping it through remixing software and out to other punks at a gathering. In countries like the ASA and Great Britain where there is a high number of Audiopunk gangs a growing number of politicians and corporate speakers have taken events in doors screening crowds for speck speakers, blocking data transfer in the area and other tricks to avoid the scrutiny of Audiopunks and their own words.

    Lacking any central organization clusters of Audiopunks crop up and fade away in unpredictable ways. Additionally, the political focus of Audiopunks seems equally as varied. The only real connective string being an ability to root out sound bites with incredible speed and efficiency. The PPB station Nis Oidua covers Audiopunk gatherings and plays a steady stream of remixes of punk recordings. While still only a few years old, that is longer than most political movements, or fashion trends.

  • Land Of Confusion 3: The PPB Channels

    Land of Confusion explores what it’s like to live on Earth 2202.

    Media is cheap. It was even before the Great War. Anyone off the streets with a recorder and a PINT (Personal Interface and Networking Terminal) can turn themselves into a reporter. This fact was critically useful during the Purge as traditional media outlets were targeted by the Church. Also, before the war the lines between traditional television networks, news, and blogs were eroding. Really, the line between the interment and television was disappearing. The Purge only expedited what was already occurring.

    Within five years of the Church’s collapse the UN signed a charter with three of the remaining media conglomerates creating the PPB or Public Private Channels. Today the PPB consist of over three hundred and growing channels and growing. Each channel is dedicated to a single topic with content provided by common citizens.

    Of course there are still screening processes but with a bit of commitment and a healthy dose of charisma just about anyone can end up with a show on the PPB. Those that are popular enough move up to the networks. There are thousands of shows that drift through the PPB few of them survive for very long but some are elevated and have survived for many seasons.

    Some of the current shows on network to have come out of the PPB include:

    The Ballard Report: Reportage on various corporations. Each week provides in depth analysis of one company. The Ballard report has come under fire several times for showing favoritism to sponsors and donors however, there are no laws against infotainment.

    Clamjaw: One of the oldest shows on the PPB. Clamjaw is the take of a lonely raven in the Post War Wastes. Common antagonists include Jackbooted rats wearing Pickelhaubes (German Spiked Helmets) and Slick suited Calico cats in dune buggies. Often episodes of Clamjaw have distinct social or political messages even though the main character never actually speaks. While Clamjaw has been on air for nearly fifty years almost noting is known about the producers of the show. Clamjaw has very few doters and despite their venerable history has never made the transition to network.

    Mash: The Metal Show!: A hodgepodge of different vignettes Mash highlights videos from various clubs and underground music events. Videos are submitted by anyone and compiled by Mixmaster Elmo who narrates and walks viewers through the theme of the show. The current buzz puts Mash going Network in the next Season picks.

    Smash Sumo Classic Bash: This show follows Hungry Takimunch as he battles evil dieters and self image issues. The show often lampoons fad diets and endorses eating whatever you want. There are surgeries if you need to slim down. Smash Sumo is sponsored in part by Coalition of Associated Cosmetics Surgeons and Ulmato, makers of Crispy DM: The eight loss crisp.

  • Land Of Confusion 2: Happy Yá Chĭ

    Land of Confusion explores what it’s like to live on Earth 2202.

    Internationally recognized by the smiling tooth Charlie Happy, Happy Yá Chĭ is a Chinese and Southern fast food restaurant. Serving up American/Chinese fusion dishes such as hot and spicy fried hamburger rolls with sour cream, and Buckwheat noodle fried chicken strips. Happy Yá Chĭ is deep fried soft and chewy with a crunch.

    Their mascot Charlie Happy, a long tooth with thin arms and gloved hands, welcoems people across the twenty six different countries. Kid’s meals come with Charlie Happy toys such as Charlie Action Happy wearing a combat turnout and carrying an assault rifle.

    Each Toy is bendable and can be connected to a game console or PINT to unlock that action figures “Number Power” in the virtual game Jade and Ivory Yá Chĭ which puts players in colorful worlds with childlike avatars fighting anime styled monsters and gaining health and power ups from Happy Yá Chĭ products. Charlie Action Happy gave players “S12N16” Jungle Invisibility Power.

    Collect your Happy Charlies, eat your Happy Yá Chĭ, and play Jade and Ivory Yá Chĭ and you’ll always be Happy!