I just stumbled on EM Forster’s The Machine Stops. Published in 1928. It’s about a distant future in which humanity lives in physically isolated cells, communicating only by video link, controlled by an omniscient global technology platform. This is the opening scene. pic.twitter.com/v5ZywMth2c
— James Plunkett (@jamestplunkett) September 12, 2020
This was first published in 1909 in actuality. I’ve read it; it’s short, worth reading, and extremely prescient.
It predicts modern liberalism quite well. Read it here for free.