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My Message to the Future Through the Time/Space Continuum of Serendip

Christina Harview's picture

Hello. I am Christina. I am writing this to you on Friday, January 25th, 2008 at 11:47 P.M. Eastern Standard time. Many a time I have lost myself in the vaults of Serendip, but this is my first time message into the future through Serendip. Not long ago, I had my own blog, wrote in a blog for my CSEM course with professors Blankenship and Blank, had a science abstract published. But their significance has eluded me until recently.

Time is a beautiful thing; some would say it is static, others that it is malleable and dependent on space and vice versa. Yet, what does it mean for us? How can we affect the people of the future directly? We can do it physically by setting up booby traps that a person of the future will fall into. Yet more interestingly, we can affect the people of the future mentally by sending messages through time. And that’s really all this "posting" contraption is; a space/time continuum that allows us to project messages into the future.

You, in fact, are my test subject for the space/time continuum of Serendip. As you read this, my words affect your brain directly – neurons form and die and are reinforced. All of this I affected merely by writing this here, as I am: in my bed with my pajamas and my stuffed rabbit Peter. And I am barely doing anything. I am thinking, for one, shifting around a bit in the bed, second, and moving my fingers ever so gracefully across a series of keys to form the very words that you are reading right now.

That’s part of the legendary beauty that the internet sensation has conceived. Out pops instant personal communication, long-term large-audience communication, and the immortalization of communication from the distant past. Now, fools such as you and I write things that no one really wants to read and put them on the internet for millions to read. Some write Hemingway-quality pieces and throw them in their closet to rot (figuratively speaking). The old ways are out and the new ways of the now have shoved their way through the crowd of the present and will keep fighting into the future.

Blogs have revolutionized and changed the way we look at writing. It is safe to say that they have created their own genres in doing so. My question is: what’s next for the future of writing? We have revolutionized the way we speak to the future. Will we ever be able to speak to the past?



Paul Grobstein's picture

Yeah, THAT's the point ... thanks