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    Tuesday, August 16, 2005

    Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
    In the not-so-distant future, people are being marked and identified by a bar code tattoo on their wrists. After her parents get theirs, Kayla sees her father slide into depression and eventually kill himself; her mother blames it all on herself and the tattoo. Kayla decides then and there that she never wants to get tattooed. She joins up with a group of kids from school who are part of an organization called Decode -- formed by people who want an alternative to the tattoo. What starts out as a simple rebellion against the norm turns into a full-out war with the corporate government and the rebel groups.
    It's a quick read, but a frightening glimpse of what the future could hold.
    YPB W

    It's interesting that I read this so shortly after I watched The Corporation, a documentary about the power of corporations and how they are growing and gaining control over governments, societies, and individuals. Anyway, not to get on my soapbox, The Bar Code Tattoo was a complementary read, sharing similar perspectives about the present becoming a future that we have no control over. Frightening. For further reading, try Feed, Jennifer Government, It's Your World: If you don't like it, change it, and Culture Jam.

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