1. Describe the Oasis. What do we have now that is similar to the Oasis? Could you see this form of technology actually happening?
2. What is the current state of the world in Ready Player One (p. 17)?
3. What social skill problems develop from spending too much time on the Oasis (p. 30)? Do you see these problems today? Does technology increase social anxiety disorder (p. 165)?
4. What do you think about the Oasis classrooms (p. 47)? Can you see this as the future of education and technology?
5. How does technology hurt the job market (p. 51)?
6. This is the ultimate virtual reality. What do you think about the visor, haptic gloves, suits, and other forms of technology? (p. 58 and p. 192) What similar tools do we have today?
7. How can technology and social media preserve our past (p. 103)? Can it make us immortal? What are pros to this kind of technology?
8. What movies do you wish you could do for the type of game described on page 110?
9. Discuss Morrow’s take on the Oasis: “a self-imposed prison for humanity” (p. 120).
10. Discuss the sexism in this story. Do you still see sexism in the future (p. 170)?
11. What are the differences between our real personalities and our online personalities (p. 171)?
12. Do you think you can fall in love solely online (without ever meeting the person- p. 186)?
13. Discuss the commentary on physical exercise on page 197 (not communication related but it’s perfect and you know I have to include it!).
14. How does Wade’s view of the Oasis change (p. 198—compare to Morrow’s opinions back on page 120)?
15. What do you think about how the book interprets the future of political elections (p. 201)?
16. How about the future of reality TV (p. 202)?
17. Discuss: The more we spend online, the more isolated we feel (p. 243).
18. How does a culture create mandatory indentured work? Could you see this as a real possibility (p. 270)?
19. How about the future of guns, such as getting guns from a vending machine (p. 300)?
20. Is the Oasis the best thing to have happened to women and minorities (p. 320)? Could the same be said of our social media today?
21. Discuss Halliday’s final insight on reality vs. the Oasis: “reality is the only place where you can find true happiness” (p. 364).
22. Do you think Wade and the team would ever press the red button? Would you? What if we had that for our social media today?
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