In a world... where a vast social network looms over the population. People spend hours peering into little black rectangles and also bigger black rectangles mounted on desks. They scroll for hours and hours hoping to get a hit of endorphins from a notification going off...
Is that a distant friend, or is it an app plugged into another app that's plugged into this one that you forgot to turn off? It wasn't Jerry from Middle School liking your latest meme about gay dolphins eating Doritos. It was just a reminder that Gem Hustlers II has a new quiz for you to take about what your brother's dog's star sign is.
Immerse yourself! In a network that's 5% actual stuff coming from people you care about, that you never actually talk to, and 95% advertisements and clickbait served up hand over fist to your pathetic insect-brain by an algorithm. But you keep telling yourself, "this is the absolute best way to stay in touch with people, and maybe advertise that book I'll never actually finish writing, all while raising awareness about global warming and the New Apartheid in Honduras."
Starring you, your whole family, your grandparents, random people you worked with, everyone that attended high school with you, and the absolute cesspools making up your local news comment sections...in a race against time to keep you on the site for as long as possible, it's a war between cute videos of animals from questionable pages and unwinnable bad-faith arguments that endlessly fizzle out and die... what will hold your attention today?
WALLED GARDEN SOCIAL NETWORK
They log on, but they don't log off!