Reviewed by Ron Freeman
I recently read a wonderful, creepy, children’s book. It is called The Wikkeling by Steven Arntson.
As a general rule, we tend to believe that technological advancements improve the quality of our life. In Arntson’s society of the future, he takes many of our seemingly positive technologies, extends them in a very logical way, and creates an eerie future.
We tend to feel that if every school had a computer for every child, learning would increase dramatically because every child would be engaged and programs could identify specific skills for a child to work on. In Arntson’s world, computers allow for more and more standardized testing, which creates more standardized learning, which results in a wealth of knowledge that gets left behind.
We tend to feel that GPS is a very positive development, because we aren’t trying to look at maps while driving and we never get lost. In Arntson’s world, GPS is so prevalent, and cars are so smart, that nobody can find anything without it.