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[DRAFT] Flip the Script

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[DRAFT] Flip the Script

Postby Minskiev » Tue Nov 16, 2021 8:11 pm

Hey, thought of something so I decided to write it. I'm not too good at these though.
[title]Flip the Script

[validity]possibly #773.2 follow-up, has free press, has computers

[description]After an untimely series of teleprompter malfunctions and verbal blunders in the largest national speech of the year, such as your Secretary standing in silence for 30 seconds staring at the IT technician waiting for them to notice the empty screen and your Minister of Plastic Regulation uttering "sigh," "clears throat," and "breathes in," the media soaked the speech up and has started making fun of the government. The hashtag #AhhheoughughghghghhemThe@@ANIMALPLURAL@@AreDying trended on Twitcher the week following the speech and a common joke throughout the nation is to stare at IT people. An emergency meeting has been called to ensure that this never happens again.

[option1]"@@LEADER@@!" Your Secretary pulls you closer, far more threateningly than the night before. "Fire that IT technician and guarantee that all government teleprompters have constant power!" they holler, flecking spittle on your cheek in the process - a sure sign that they haven't cleared their throat in a while. "All of my friends and family members are taunting me! They call me 'the Lizard' now! What happened during that address must be fixed immediately. Someone also needs to wake up these geezers running our Ministries and make sure they're not just on autopilot during their speech."
[effect1] teleprompters instruct engineers building the three-story-high batteries used to power government teleprompters

[option2]"Why even have these tellopr- telepram- teleprompter doohickeys in the first place?" rasps your septuagenarian Minister of Plastic Regulation. "Back in *my* day, politicians were honest and didn't need fake cues and scripts! We just told it straight from the heart. But nowadays, these politicians are full of baloney! It's time we seek honesty in this nation, because it desperately needs it." They start to snore.
[effect2] the new heart requirement for talking has left regional finance heads across the nation speechless

[option3]"This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then forget thine lines!" cries your melodramatic Minister of the Arts, with one hand on their knee and one on their chest. "It is embarrassing that you all recycle the same phrases in every one of your speeches yet none of you can remember them! Mandate that government officials who are chosen to speak must be provably off-book before they speak. Now, if that requires my Ministry to help out, then I don't think a budget increase for the arts is out of the question."
[effect3] all the nation's a political playground
Last edited by Minskiev on Sat Nov 27, 2021 12:59 pm, edited 8 times in total.
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Postby Steelfeather Rapture 1 » Wed Nov 17, 2021 9:12 am

Comments about option #1:
The spitting on you thing in the first one is just unpleasant. Does clearing the throat even have anything to do with that?
The idea of everything in society depending a little more on an ever-reliable teleprompter system is comical sci-fi. It makes me imagine a society of many watertowers, frankly. Pumped water "batteries" are quite reliable AFAIK.

Comments about option #2:
What is the new heart requirement? I don't understand this one.
I think people would be pretty gentle to this guy, FWIW. It's kind of okay if a septuagenarian leader of an obscure ministry blunders in speeches.

Comments option #3:
I like this one.
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Postby Minskiev » Thu Nov 18, 2021 4:35 pm

Steelfeather Rapture 1 wrote:Comments about option #1:
The spitting on you thing in the first one is just unpleasant. Does clearing the throat even have anything to do with that?
The idea of everything in society depending a little more on an ever-reliable teleprompter system is comical sci-fi. It makes me imagine a society of many watertowers, frankly. Pumped water "batteries" are quite reliable AFAIK.

I meant spittle, couldn't think of the word.
Comments about option #2:
What is the new heart requirement? I don't understand this one.
I think people would be pretty gentle to this guy, FWIW. It's kind of okay if a septuagenarian leader of an obscure ministry blunders in speeches.

In the quote, where he says "straight from the heart". And there are plenty of jokes about old people, like that one Bernie meme a while ago.
Comments option #3:
I like this one.

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Postby Minskiev » Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:47 pm

I'll bump this
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Postby Minskiev » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:50 pm

Hm. Bump again.
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Postby Steelfeather Rapture 1 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:52 pm

Try "flecking your cheek with spittle in the process" as a better phrasing of that first one. Maybe strip the word "government" from the effect line, too. The idea of a society investing heavily in teleprompters as a key technology is funny. If the engineers are also using them, they're not just "government" teleprompters, are they?
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