The Devil's Digital Dictionary
A glimpse of the future
With the specter of generative AI threatening to obsolete writers like me, I’ve been considering more experimental kinds of writing; stuff too wild for robots to replicate.
One project I’ve begun work on is a modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s 1906 classic, The Devil’s Dictionary. This book eschewed traditional dictionary definitions and instead offered satirical ones to highlight the absurdity of society. For instance:
LOVE (n): A temporary insanity curable by marriage…
I’ve begun to develop my own satirical definitions for the modern age, and I’m planning to eventually compile them into a book, tentatively titled The Devil’s Digital Dictionary. It’s still in its fetal stages, and too far from publication to risk showing to all my readers. But, for my cherished paid subscribers, I have enough trust to show a sneak peek of the project, in the form of 40 definitions. Every six months or so I’ll post new definitions and update you on the project’s progress.
Much of my work can be dense and gloomy, so I’ll try to occasionally mix things up with light-hearted content like this. If these definitions don’t make you think, then I hope they’ll at least make you smile.
The Devil’s Digital Dictionary: A Teaser
ARTIFICIAL GENERAL INTELLIGENCE: A hypothetical machine that terrifies humans because they fear it may one day behave just like them.
BITCOIN: A revolutionary, decentralized, hyper-secure method of melting polar ice caps.
CENSORSHIP: A method of making dangerous information go viral.
CHURCH: A book club that only ever discusses one book.
COOKIES: Like death and taxes, something that everyone must sooner or later accept.
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