Trouble on Triton: Difference in Culture
So far I have had a good time reading this book, Trouble on Triton by Samuel Delany. The thing that catches my attention is the differences in culture between the Inner Worlds and the Outer Satellites. The first difference I noticed was the government. In inner worlds have a more uptight and private government, more like what our government is like today. In the Outer Satellites the government is more open about what people can see. An example of this is the Ego-Booster Booths. The book describes it best, stating,”Put a two-franq token in the slot, . . . feed your government identity card into the slip and see, on the thirty-by-forty centimeter screen, three minute’s videotape of you, accompanied by three minutes of your recorded speech, selected at random from the government’s own information files.”(4-5) To put in other words, if you want to know what the government has on you, just pay a little money, slip in your identification card and you can see a little scene of what the government has on you. It would be like our government giving us videos of our life just so we know what they have on us.
Another difference is how the culture in the Outer Satellites are more open about people’s gender and sexual identities. It doesn’t matter if you are gay or straight, black or white, the culture will accept you for who you are. If our culture was as open as the Outer Satellites, I believe there would be less hate crimes because everyone would be more understanding of each other.