The wall nearest to his feet blinked into life, revealing the same news that had been in rotation for months. The authorities expressed fears that terrorists could use dirigibles to attack national monuments (which were particularly heartfelt now that most of them had been turned into overflow housing). The National Internet was going to be offline for maintenance between three and five ‘o’ clock, like it was every Wednesday. A survey had placed happiness 31% higher than it had been this time ten years ago. A heartwarming story about a wealthy woman who was able to continue her valuable academic work thanks to the innovations of the SunSmile Corporation. That damn Michael Jackson robot in the Nevada desert was running amok again and had eaten another tourist.