How did Agatha Stevens bend the city council to her will?

How does a freshman councilor push through a radical plan that forbids eye contact between citizens, even within families?

She assembled an odd coalition of the town’s hermits, loners, oddballs and outcasts. She trained them for weeks to stand in a tight circle around someone for up to 45 minutes at a time, never touching the person but also never looking away either.

Then during social calls to each of her fellow council members, she’d force them to sit within this ring of the damned. None lasted more than a few minutes. Once they’d felt the horrible unease brought on by the collective gaze of society’s Unbearables they agreed to vote for anything Stevens proposed.

Look, it’s not that we’re unfriendly or overly-shifty here in St Clair Shores. We simply can’t look you in the eye. We’ll be jailed.

You’ll simply have to make do conversing with our bald spots.

Chris Weagel

Chris Weagel writes about the intersection of technology and parenting for Wired Magazine. No he doesn't. He can't stand that shit.

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