Fic­tion: Sea Change

Poets and Writers - - The Literary Life -

Ash, beech, dan­de­lion, fern, ivy lark, nec­tar, pas­ture, and other na­ture-re­lated terms have been re­moved from the Ox­ford Ju­nior Dic­tio­nary in the past decade or so, re­placed by words re­lated to so­cial me­dia and tech­nol­ogy, such as blog, bul­let-point, celebrity, chatroom, com­mit­tee, cut-and-paste, and voice­mail. Write a short story that takes place in a so­ci­ety in which lan­guage is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a tran­si­tion of val­ues from na­ture to tech­nol­ogy, a change re­flected in its use or reg­u­la­tion of words. What hap­pens when ref­er­ences to na­ture are su­per­seded by an em­pha­sis on tech­nol­ogy? How do your char­ac­ters re­sist or rally in sup­port of these so­cial changes? Con­sider how this change in lan­guage might in­fil­trate other el­e­ments of daily life in your story, such as pol­i­tics, food, fam­ily, hous­ing, or arts and en­ter­tain­ment.

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