Hugh Paxton sat at the table beneath the pine. He checked his pocket watch, expecting that fabulous inventor, Brighton Waldrop, to return to 1803 any moment.
Light flashed and the ornate time machine appeared. Waldrop joined Paxton with a relieved sigh.
“How was the future, old boy?”
“Wondrous and terrifying all at once!”
Waldrop produced a cell phone. “This is the future’s phone.”
“Good God! Marvelous!”
“Almost.” Waldrop brought up his Facebook account. “You know Mrs. Zuckerberg, perchance?”
“Gads! World’s worst rumor monger. Shares everyone’s secrets with everyone.”
“Well her descendant, Mark, now shares secrets on an industrial scale!”
Written for The Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2018/03/28/30-march-2018/
Before anyone calls me on it: taking a cell phone back the 1800s means it wouldn’t be connected, true. However it still could bring up your Facebook and display the cached posts in offline mode.
If you’ve been living in the woods and off the grid, then you wouldn’t know about the Facebook data scandal.
In defense of Facebook, they are trying to do something about the breach.