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Story idea: while on public assistance, welfare recipients are denied the use of their colour vision, as well as their senses of smell and taste.

Date: 2017-04-18 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kithrup
The Martians in Hannu Rajaniemi's trilogy. (Sorta, kinda.)

Date: 2017-04-18 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elf
I join the "ick, ew" contingent. Not sure I'd want to read about a culture in which the unprivileged and unlucky are stomped on even worse than they are here.

However, it'd be fascinating to explore the concept that 90% of the advertising designed to exploit them suddenly stops working.

Date: 2017-04-18 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I read something like this about 15 years ago in Asimov's magazine. Something about junior employees not having enjoyment of some of their organs until they had vested their pensions? I'll check the ISFDB to see if I can find it.

Date: 2017-04-18 07:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
Be careful. Even now, someone in a government department is probably thinking "ooh, good idea."

Date: 2017-04-18 09:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jamoche
Well, I'm sure the guy who invented Soylent (the real one, not the people) would like that, although from what I've heard he wouldn't even understand the problem. Dude does not seem to have functional taste buds.

Anyone else who approves - ick.

Date: 2017-04-18 10:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] londonkds
Interzone #260, a couple of years ago, had a story by Jeff Noon called "No Rez" in which everyone's perception of the world was heavily mediated and the lower classes had literally poorer resolution.

Date: 2017-04-19 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] oh6
I suppose advertisers who met the government's requirements could have full access to welfare recipients' sensoriums, or is that sensoria? Never mind.

A more direct sanction would be to limit the amount of pleasure that any dependents of the state might enjoy, or further, that they should enjoy only state-sanctioned things. Greg Egan's "Reasons to be Cheerful" examines the life of someone who finds themselves with a customizable pleasure centre, without government interference.

Date: 2017-04-19 01:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chomiji

I see what you did there.

Yeah, there are some real jerks out there with regard to people who need such assistance. I have spent the past 6 months or so in a continuous low-grade rage at these particular jerks.

(This topic really makes me want to use a gloomier icon but such is not generally the custom in this space.)

Date: 2017-04-19 03:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chrysostom
This is kicking me into YASID land. Guy is punished for a crime by not being able to use any computers, and all currency is electronic, so it's pretty challenging. Asimov?

Date: 2017-04-19 06:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] avram
Title: “They Don’t See Color”

Date: 2017-04-19 08:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ffutures
The not seeing colour thing is sometimes used in bad fanfic, as one variant of the dreaded soulmate fic idea. The idea is that you don't see colour until you meet your one destined soulmate, who you immediately recognise because you're seeing them in colour. Why this does not lead to instant sensory overload and fits etc. is never explained...

Date: 2017-04-19 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vschanoes.livejournal.com
I wrote a story somewhat like that, about a regime that rations color:

http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/the-regime-of-austerity/

Not saying it's the greatest piece ever--there's lots more that could be done, and better, too.

Date: 2017-04-19 03:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] autopope
Foreseeable side-effects:

1. Traffic lights become somewhat difficult to read, leading to extra accidents.

2. Anosmia means rotting food and blocked drains aren't noticed, leading to poisoning/disease issues.

3. Right-wing legislators will blame these preventable mishaps on feckless jay-walking indigents and poor people who enjoy living in their own filth, and double down on the policy.

Coming next: brain-implant-induced anorgasmia for the poor ...

Date: 2017-04-19 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] viktor_haag
After a discussion that might have happened in a workplace over what contributions to intellectual property and self-development are owned by the person and which by the workplace, parallel story idea: process by which all training and experience gained by an employee is the property of the employer, removed from employee's memory upon dismissal.

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