Thursday Night Bar Fight #11: In Which You are Not Burgess Meredith in The Twilight Zone
Bad news, everyone!
A meteor with devastating levels of radiation has collided with the Earth! Fortunately, most everyone you know has access to a room in special, radiation-proof apartment buildings the government has hastily thrown together. Due to contamination protocols, you will live by yourself in your own apartment six days a week; every seventh day, you will be allowed to mingle with others from your building in the commons area. You will need to live in this apartment for the next ten years; after that, the radiation levels will have dissipated enough for you to go outside again without threat of lethal exposure.
However, due to lack of time there was not enough time to fully complete the apartments as designed. (Thanks a lot, Obama!)
The original plan was to have each room be able to access every book, musical recording, movie or television show ever produced. Sadly, the buildings in your town could not be completed before lockdown – which is right now. In your town, there are four buildings ready to take you, but each has access to only one medium: books, music, movies or TV. Any one you choose will have access to everything ever in that medium, but nothing in any of the other mediums.
And therein lies this Thursday Night Bar Fight quandary:
Which building do you choose to spend the next ten years trapped inside – Books, Music, Movies or Television – and why?
As always, there are some rules you must consider:
- You may take nothing with you, and no other forms of entertainment of diversions will exist in your room. This includes computers, paper, pencils, pens, paint, etc. Accessing pre-programmed medium will be the only thing you can do for six days every week, save sleep, eat, think, shower, and go to the bathroom.
- You can be assured that your family and friends will arrive safely in their own chosen buildings. However, you have no way on knowing which building they will choose, save guesses based on what you know about them already. If they choose another building, you will not see them again for ten years. Because of this you may wish to take their probable preferences into account as well as your own.
- You should probably consider that the one day of the week you’ll have human interaction, it will be with the type of people who chose as you did. This may or may not be important to you.
And if you would consider this bonus question:
If you were allowed to choose one thing from each of the rejected mediums (and by this I mean, one book, one record album, one movie and one entire TV series) what would you bring with you?