Doctorow (1-81)

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"By measuring the thing that money really represented - your personal capital with your friends and neighbors - you more accurately gauged your success." - (p. 14) Doctorow

Whuffie sounds like Facebook. What happens if no one likes you or you run out of Whuffie points? I guess unpopular people must be the hobos of the world. This is sci-fi on crack.

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its appears to be a potent example of how most poeple base their relationships in this society. You know, classes tend to stick together? Expensive private schools , i mean higher than SHU, like really high end, drive me around in some Bentley's kindof atmosphere, well they tend to friend and marry their class. Similiar with those raised in poverty. Or middle class. Each class is vaguely, or sometimes extremely, watchful of the other ones, either with feelings or hate, jealously, or desire/envy. Like when people turn on to "lives of the rich and famous" or MTV's "cribs". Oddly enough the ratings for "lives of the single moms" or "middle class cars" are quite low.

But is not whuffie currency? Yes, it would be like having Facebook with no friends, if you have no money then your status is at poverty level, if you no friends then your status is a recluse.

I agree with David--I think Doctorow was getting at the fact that money tends to separate people into social classes based on wealth and influence.

Well Kayla the crack reference is definitely pertinent to the text. Facebook/Myspace with no friends would no doubt be like having no Whuffie. People don't value you enough to throw around the term of friend/lover/companion so they don't friend request you.

I agree that money does play a large roll in the way we as a society judge and treat one another. That is why I love science fiction; it brings up the truth, but puts it in an extreme context to help us realize it about ourselves.

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