Whoa, this is pretty much scary as hell. Itâ€™s 2011. Weâ€™re still in Iraq. Iranâ€™s not only got nukes, but using them. The worldâ€™s a disaster. Yes, that pretty much sounds like a cheap â€œfuture-of-the-world apocalypse terrorâ€ story, but this one has a few catches. For one thing, it has a sense of realism. Basically, Bush screwed up the country and pretty much the world, and now McCainâ€™s president and Iraqâ€™s such a mess he canâ€™t get us out. Also, thereâ€™s a whole tech and future of journalism angle, involving the main character, Jimmy Burns, as a young blogger in NYC who ends up accidently streaming a live video of a Brooklyn Starbucks being blown to pieces by a suicide bombing. After becoming an overnight sensation from his footage being streamed live on national television, he gets sent to videoblog Iraq by the eerily CNN-like Global News Network. And did I mention that itâ€™s also a web comic? Yep, that just about sums up Shooting War. If you canâ€™t get it online, a print version will be released in 2007. Overall, itâ€™s a really thought provoking and creepily plausible future of America and Iraq, while at the same time combining it with the future of technology and journalism, all in a comic format, online.
Oh, and by the way, Iâ€™m blogging this directly from the Word 2007 beta, which, surprisingly, doesnâ€™t totally suck.
Update: Actually, I’ve discovered my first Word 2007 flaw — any document posted to a Wordpress blog gets its date set to December 1969. Ouch.