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Human Zoo

Observe the humans and their mindless recreations
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Build a zoo, get human volunteers to live there indefinitely.

People will come to visit the zoo, and pay good money, mainly for entertainment purposes but also for scientific research purposes. Sociology and Psychology students may find a visit particularly rewarding. Everyone else will no doubt be engrossed with the irony of humans observing other humans in the way that a superior species normally observes a subspecies.

Unemployed and homeless people are especially welcome to spend time in the zoo. Yes it is like being emprisoned (there will be metal bars and stuff) but volunteers do have the right to be released back into the community at any time they so wish.

Xen, Jan 30 2003


       Yeah, you should have different enclosures for different types of human though. e.g. accountants in one, thespians in another, builders, drunks, new age travelers, teachers, small children, computer programmers, porn actors, unemployed people, students (same thing really), philosophy lecturers. and so on and so on...
squeak, Jan 30 2003

       Baked. Big Brother et al.
DrBob, Jan 30 2003

       Baked - you think we're not in one already?
PeterSilly, Jan 30 2003

       Big Brother is reality TV, whereas there is no media aspect to this idea. There are no cameras, only people to stare in real-time. Big Brother is a gameshow that features 'contestants' trying to win something - and become famous. Here there is no such circus, its just a plain old zoo with a twist, no animals just ordinary human beings. A place you go out to and pay for rather than watch on your TV at home. Take your family and a picnic along with you! Amuse yourself at the dear homo sapiens playing football or chess or simply surfing the net.
Xen, Jan 30 2003

       [Xen] Um - such as a park, you mean, or an internet cafe?
PeterSilly, Jan 30 2003

       Visitors to the halfbakers paddock would simply shake their heads and sigh.
beauxeault, Jan 30 2003

       Will the metal bars be there to protect the visitors, or the residents ?   

       c.f. "Hamlet", Act II Sc. 2, "....Let me question more in particular: what have you, my good friends, deserved at the hands of fortune, that she sends you to prison hither? " & ff.
8th of 7, Jan 30 2003

       I've been to zoos which have children's play areas in a parody of a zoo cage arrangement, so you can watch the little monkeys (kids (human young)) play in a similar manner to other animals. Sadly, I can't remember where this was.   

       A limit on this as a source of entertainment is that you can often do this for free in the street, in public places, etc. You would have to provide something of significantly more interest to make it better than sitting in a pavement cafe or a bar window watching people go past.
kropotkin, Jan 30 2003

snarfyguy, Jan 30 2003


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