The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Ch. 1 – 2)

Apparently, I am very late to the ballgame. I didn’t know that Suzanne Collins released a new Hunger Games novel until yesterday. Yesterday! It’s been out for months! It must have gotten lost in the COVID-19 panic for me, but, thankfully, I now know and can remedy the fact that I haven’t yet read A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

But of course I can’t just pick up the book and read it! I want to consume it. I want to overanalyze every little detail until I can’t anymore. In order to do that, I have to do the unthinkable and reread the entire series start to finish. Trust me, this is my process. I mean, how can I possibly compare A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to Collin’s original series if I only have a faint recollection of them? Even if by faint recollection I do mean I reread them every year, it’s definitely time to reread them again. 

And so that’s what I’m doing, starting today. Of course, I did already rewatch the first movie as soon as I heard the news. I wasn’t really in the mood for reading at that moment so I figured I’d watch the movie. To be honest, it was nowhere near as good as I remember it being. Even without having reread the series in a while, there’s so many little details that they got wrong that bother me. The big one is probably the fact that the way Katniss got her mockingbird badge was all wrong. Why did they do us dirty like that?

Not that it’s not a great movie, It is. It’s just not as great as I remember it being when they first released it. No big deal. 

Back of the Book (Amazon.com)

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Still, if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

DISCLAIMER: My analysis of this book will be chapter by chapter. I will assume you’ve read the entire series in them. There will be MANY spoilers.

Side note: if you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet, don’t continue reading. The rest of this is going to just assume everyone in the whole entire world has already read this amazing book. It is available for free right now if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription (September 10th, 2020). Luckily, I own the book so even if it wasn’t, I’m all set.

Second side note: I’ll probably write about this book a couple of times because I will not finish it today. I’ll probably just go chapter by chapter like I did for Midnight Sun. I like to take certain books slow. I’m also reading another book right now that I have plenty of mixed feelings about – Evil Love by Ella Fields. I don’t know when I’ll manage to fully formulate my thoughts about that book or finish it, but maybe I’ll hit my stride soon with that book. Right now, it’s just not clicking for me. The reviews about it seem mainly positive though so I’m hoping it’ll click somewhere.

Chapter One Thoughts 

I was excited to start rereading The Hunger Games today. I have a bunch of books that give me a little shiver of excitement when I pick them up and this is no exception. I always look forward to revisiting Katniss. Her world is so dangerous and dreadful. It is also beautiful and interesting. It’s hard not to love every page of this book, even as you read about the monstrosities that occur within it. What they all do might be terrifying, but that’s part of the point.

And I always seem to forget how much I enjoy reading Collin’s writing. I love how descriptive she is. Her world-building is just stunning. Everything feels so vivid and real. I also love the fact that she writes in present tense. Where most authors write in past tense, she is almost always in the present moment. It makes me feel like even the author doesn’t know what is about to happen next. Everything is new and surprising, even if you’re reading the book for the hundredth time.

I also personally rather enjoy when authors use normal words that we use for slang. Having the part of the district where Katniss is named the ‘Seam’ is unusual in the regard that we don’t call neighborhoods that today, but it doesn’t feel so unusual as to not be real. Part of that is because ‘seam’ is a word. It’s not some random collection of letters that have no meaning to us. Another example of an author who does this is Scott Westerfield. His series The Uglies are absolutely jam-packed with our normal words being used as slang. It adds such a depth and ease of understanding to books that I don’t understand why more authors don’t use it. Minor details are what makes world building vibrant and interesting instead of boring.

It’s also crazy to think that in such a dangerous and highly controlled universe, people in District 12 dare to break the rules. Suzanne Collins makes the point early on that everyone is at risk of death in this world. From mine explosions to starvation and death penalties, no one is safe. But Katniss dares to venture into the woods to hunt. Others dare to go past the fence to collect apples. Small rebellions that harm no one go mostly unpunished. Having read the book many times prior, I never really noticed how this makes you question the peacekeepers and their aims. How far will they allow District 12 to go before they push back at them? What are their limits? I had never noticed this small degree of foreshadowing. 

Reintroducing myself to Gale is always fun. I look forward to him every time I reread this book. He seems to ground Katniss and make her more real. Every change she undergoes throughout this series seems to be amplified in relation to Gale’s changes. They start off so similar that it’s shocking. They have inside jokes, love for the same people, and the same wants and desires. 

It is always humbling to be reintroduced to the class system that exists in The Hunger Games series. The difference in your class, AKA your degree of wealth, is literally life or death for your children. How much money you have determines how much food you and your family have access to. Nothing is free and there is not enough to go around. The richer you are, the more food you have. Seeing the difference between how Madge lives and how Gale and Katniss live is quite stark. The fact that they have to enter their names more time into the drawing for The Hunger Games just to survive is horrifying, especially considering that their entries are accumulative from the age of thirteen to eighteen. Katniss’s own name is entered into the games twenty times. Gale’s, at eighteen, will have his name entered into the games forty-two times.  Of course, there is only one victor in the Hunger Games and their chances of being the sole survivor are very, very slim. They may have a higher risk of being chosen, but their chances of winning don’t increase. They still come from a poor, starving, weak district. Having to fight because of that is only really a risk for the poor.

And it is absolutely horrible that a nation would do this, kill off the children in each district just to prove a point. As a reader, it’s hard to imagine living in a world like that. Who would sacrifice children just to prove a point? But even in our world many governments do. Nations bomb other nations just to prove the point that they can defend themselves. They kill innocents and label it as protecting themselves. Children do die just for governments to prove their points. The reality of war is horrible. 

In the case of the Hunger Game universe, the point of these children being offered up is that the Capitol will not abide rebellion. Some of your children will suffer and die, but not all of them as long as you obey the laws. They want to show the districts that they are at their mercy. 

I also forgot how quickly this book gets into the real action. While the world-building is vibrant and fully descriptive, it doesn’t take a long time. I didn’t remember how fast each page goes by. Primrose, Katniss’s sister, being drawn as the female tribute for The Hunger Games happens insanely fast. By the end of the first chapter, you know what the rest of the story will look like to some degree. Not so pretty. Not so nice. More violent. You know someone is going to struggle to survive. You just might not be sure who. It is an amazing cliffhanger for the very beginning of the book.

Chapter Two Thoughts

Have you ever had a moment where you can’t remember how to breathe? I’ve had quite a few and I remember none of them fondly. Being so afraid and upset that you can’t physically breathe is overwhelming. It’s horrifying. Katniss’s reaction to the event of her sister being drawn is understandable and upsetting. 

Yet, even understanding that feeling, I don’t know if I would ever be strong enough to get past it and volunteer myself as tribute. I would want to. I love my siblings more than anything. But I don’t know if I would be physically able to do so quickly enough. The fact that Katniss can get past that emotion quickly enough to volunteer herself is a testimony to her strength. I think it’s the very first scene where every reader was really blown away by Katniss. She was the girl strong enough to volunteer to die in return for her sister’s life. That’s something.

It’s also just a well-written scene. Suzanne Collins captures everyone’s hearts so quickly in The Hunger Games that I’m afraid we all forgot to congratulate her for it. It is just so well done. The one thing that everyone can agree on while reading this book is that Katniss deserves better than a world who would do this to her. Katniss is a hero. 

However, I’m not sure if I agree with Katniss that having the audience see her tears would make her weak. The Hunger Games is part colosseum part reality TV show. Her tears would make her status as a volunteer all the more dramatic for the audience. It might have won her sponsors to let them fall. She would become real to them and they might want to help her survive. 

In contrast with Effie Trinket’s response to Katniss volunteering, however, I’m not one hundred percent sure my take on things is the correct one. She assumes that Katniss volunteered to win herself glory, not to save her sister. Maybe all of the people in the Capitol are as naive. Or as shallow. 

When Peeta is volunteered as tribute, I have always thought it was interesting that Katniss compares him to prey: “,,,his blue eyes show the alarm I’ve seen so often in prey.” Even though her disdain for the games are obvious, she does begin to see her opposition as opposition. Peeta is already becoming prey to her in a manner of speaking. That feels like a very real and humane response, to be honest. Who wants to see their competitor, who could very well kill them or be killed by them, as a person? I wouldn’t want to.

As I’ve said before, it’s the little details that add depth to a story. That’s the case with the above and that’s also the case with Katniss’s background story. Her mother’s depression provides a reason for Katniss’s exemplary strength. It also explains her strong attachment and protectiveness of her sister, Prim. Of course she volunteered to save Prim. She’s been acting like her mother since her own mother vacated the position. 

But at the same time, Peeta’s mother’s cruelty also adds depth to his own character. It is obvious now, looking back at this story, that the author wanted you to get attached to both characters. Katniss is amazing, but Peeta is not without value himself. They are both tributes and both deserved better than that. Everyone does.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Is it read-worth? Yes and no. Don’t get me wrong, Wilder Girls is a very strong piece of writing. The world building is interesting, the storyline is engaging, and the characters are relatively well developed. You always want to learn more about everyone and everything. I really enjoyed reading it. However, the author stated that she intended this to be a stand alone piece and it just doesn’t make a lot of sense as one. While I love books that leave me with questions, I prefer them to be questions about myself and my society. This book left me with too many questions about the book itself. I had high hopes for it, but was left with an anticlimactic ending and too many unanswered questions to really say it was worth the read.

Picture sourced on Amazon

Back of the Book Summary

From the author of Burn Our Bodies Down, a feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This fresh debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you’ve read before.

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

My Take On It: Somewhat Spoilery

I’m going to be honest: I read this book a few weeks ago. And I felt like I had a lot to say during reading it, but now that I’ve finished it: I don’t really have a lot to say about it. It felt like it was going to have a lasting impact, but it didn’t.

In the end, it just feels like a let down.

I like powerful, resounding pieces of writing. The beginning of this book made me feel like I had gotten just that: a newborn classic. I thought it was a sister to Lord of the Flies, a reflection of how girls will act when faced with a somewhat similar scenario. They set high standards by directly compare the two. I thought it would change me as a person. I thought it would open my eyes to environmental issues. I thought it would do something important.

And, at first, it really seemed like it was going to. The writing was almost poetic in nature. It was gorgeous and yet also absolutely disgusting. I loved it. Pure and simple. I also loved the girls at the core of the story. Byatt especially caught my interest. I found myself wondering how I would live in their shoes, so cut off from the rest of the world. It seemed so beautiful and so deadly at the same time.

But when it devolved into a government cover-up story, it lost me completely. It’s another one of those novels where it just didn’t need the infusion of rebellion and corruption. It was powerful on its own. Any inclusion of that was only to its detriment. Plus, the book left behind the aspects I rather enjoyed: the realism of the choices its characters make, the grisly descriptions of the changes the girls encountered, and the actual girls themselves. It was amazing just focusing on the girls and their somewhat obscure condition. I didn’t need the author to over-complicate the story. The whole conspiracy aspect was unwanted on my end of things.

Would I recommend it? I still don’t know. I wish I did.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton: Part One

Is it read-worth? So far yes, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. When I read the back of the book and saw that this book was comparable to Black Mirror, I was picturing the longer episodes for some reason. I was expecting a long and frightening novel comparable to Bandersnatch.  I wasn’t picturing short stories. Sadly, I’m in the mood for a longer book right now to read in between chapters of Midnight Sun. But I did really enjoy the first story about Julia and Evan. The concept was intriguing and horrible at the same time. If you and your semi-identical twin were doomed to death, what would you do to survive? If you depended on the organs of your loved one to live, would you take them? The incorporation of religion alongside science called attention to the moral ambiguities of these procedures. I was curious to read more. I wonder if future short stories will answer all of the questions I have about part one.

SPOILER ALERT:

The first part of this collection of short stories really caught my eye. I was incredibly intrigued by Julia and Evan. Everything down to their existence as a semi-identical pair of twins really interests me. I didn’t know semi-identical twins were a natural occurrence. I thought things like that only happened in science fiction. This book made me look into them and realize that things that this do actually happen.

And to be honest that’s super cool. Genetics are insanely interesting to me. It would be amazing to see the physical comparisons between two people who are exactly 50% exactly the same. I’d love being able to see the differences too. I love playing the Sims for exactly this reason.

Throughout this first part of the book, Julia and Evan were hospitalized for their inability to grow organs large enough to support their bodies. Their growth was stunted and their movements were limited. Because Julia’s organ growth was more stunted than Evan’s and her body was beginning to fail, she was selected to give up her organs to her semi-identical brother so that he may survive. Their organs would be fused in order for at least one twin to survive. 

Even as they were both in the process of dying, they had such a complete understanding of each other. They could even communicate telepathically. Dayton somewhat implied that this was due to the fact that they were semi-identical twins. Their puns and close relationship brought a lot of comedic relief to an otherwise side and difficult storyline.

However, right before they were to be fused, a holy man, Reverend Tadd, burst into Julia’s hospital room to warn Evan that causing the death of his sister would mark him as a demon. It would be evil to use her organs to survive. This gave the book a sense of dread that I really appreciated. 

Would Evan be tainted by this experience? Would a demon take root in his body? Was this a truly evil thing to do? I don’t know, but I wanted to see where the book would take this.The morally correct thing to do in a situation like this is so ambiguous. There is no real right answer.

And it made me ask what I would do. Could I live with myself knowing that the only reason I was alive is because I took my dying siblings organs? I don’t know. I love my brothers so much. They are two of my favorite people. I also love living and, if the choice was one of us dying o both of us, it’s hard to say the right thing to do is to kill both of us. What would you do?

It became even more curious that, after the procedure was performed, Evan awoke to a voice inside of himself, communicating with him. It was implied that the voice was his sister, Julia, through her use of puns, but I wonder if it truly was. Did Evan just have a mental breakdown? Is he traumatized by this experience? I would be. Or is it a demon, as forewarned by Reverend Tadd? Were his actions so evil that a demon entered his body? Does this book want to really explore the connection between science and religion? Or is it truly his sister, living on in him? They were telepathically connected. Were they always meant to live in each other’s heads? What does that mean for their future?

Part one of this collection of stories really caught my attention and made me ask myself a lot of questions. What would I do in this situation? How can you live if you helped cause the death of a love one? How could you live if they died to save you? If Julia is really trapped in Evan’s mind, how will that affect her? Will she be happy there? Will Evan be happy with that for the rest of his life? What will happen next?

I don’t know if the future short stories in this collection will answer any of those questions, but I rather enjoy just being able to ask them. Books like this make you think in ways you wouldn’t normally. I can’t wait to read the other parts of the series.

Dawn: The Final Awakening Book One by J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon

Is it read-worth? Absolutely not. This is one of the very few books that have made my DNF list. Why? Because the writing is SO bad. The dialogue sucks. The characters are boring. And the parts I did read were confusing and seemed pretty stupid to be perfectly honest.

Storyline? Maybe? Spoilers? Maybe?

The Blackout arrives and Dax Harper is alone, fighting for survival, and looking for his sister as fights break out. He finds his ex-girlfriend (who is missing a leg, but lost her prosthetic) and is a suddenly a leader. And then people kidnap everyone? To make meth? I don’t know. I didn’t finish this book. They got kidnapped to make meth during the apocalypse (or something… the Blackout is never explained…) and I just couldn’t believe how stupid it all sounded so I stopped reading the book. I honestly don’t understand why this book has so many good reviews on Amazon or why my boyfriend (who recommended it to me) likes it so much. Maybe it gets better, but I doubt it.

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Is it read-worth? I actually just wrote a review about this in my ‘3 Most Recently Read Books’ post and, as I stated there, I have mixed feelings about this book. I find the central concept behind the book wildly interesting. But, when it segways into a story of rebellion against a corrupt society, it drops the ball. I wanted a piece that explored the main character Speth Jime’s journey, not a rebellion piece that reminds me too much of a thousand other books.

However, I did want to do a separate post about this book in particular because this morning I remembered that I tried to define the economic value of each word we spoke. I didn’t succeed in assigning one, but I did ask many of the questions that this book answered for me. I literally theorized about the concept behind this book and, while in part my topic of choice was a cop out because I didn’t really like studying economics, I did enjoy thinking about a world that could assign a dollar value to each word. Perhaps that’s why I’m more interested in the first half of All Rights Reserved than its more predictable second half.

Back of the Book Summary

When every word has a price, her silence could spark a revolution.In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, Speth can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speech, she closes her mouth and vows never to speak again.

Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

‘Sorry’ is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt.

Every nod and every scream is $0.99 per second.

My Take On It

Oh, the beginning. I had such high hopes. It began with a Terms of Service agreement that made me extremely excited to read the rest of the book. I felt enveloped in this world Katsoulis was building from the get-go. I was literally reading off that the words I was reading were at my own risk and that I would not infringe on the copyrights of each individual word included in the book. It was excellent. That feeling of envelopment for the most part continued throughout the book.

I also particularly enjoyed the contents section where the cost of each chapter title was listed.

The beginning itself was promising. I enjoyed getting to know Speth and her family. I felt sorrow at the loss of her parents and anger at the way they were living. The more I found out about their social system, the more this book interested me.

When she went silent, I just about lost it in my excitement. An entire book where the main character struggles to communicate? Where her own society refuses to allow her even small gestures? I was hooked. How can you communicate when all your means of communication are stolen from you?

However, the story itself lost me when it left behind the concepts and ideas I adored so much and turned into a trite rebellion story. I’m honestly still a little bit disappointed about it.

The Economic Value of a Word

Because I mentioned it, I figured I’d include a copy of the essay I wrote below:

In your lifetime, you will speak over 860 million words. You will speak the equivalent of the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary more than 14 times, speak the equivalent of the Encyclopedia Britannica over 19 times, or, put another way, you speak the equivalent of the King James Bible, Old and New Testament, more than 1,110 times (“How Many Words do we Speak in a Lifetime?”). The number of words that come out of your mouth will be more than the number of miles it takes to circle the sun… by  a factor of nine. Thinking about it in that manner, if each word you speak is worth a mile, you can travel around the sun nine times. Undoubtedly, the words you speak have validity and have value. They are worth something. But what exactly is that worth? Within our current concepts of valuation, which is primarily based off a currency system in our own economy, it’s impossible to put a number to the overall value of each word you communicate to another person. However, if you consider communication systems to be an economic system within itself, that changes the value. Instead of being related to another form of currency, each word spoken (or written) becomes the currency itself. That may seem like a stretch until you realize something simple: communication systems and economic systems aren’t as different as you would initially believe. In fact, they’re very similar.

And they’re actually similar in a plethora of ways. An economic system is considered to be the means by which countries and governments distribute resources, trae goods, provide and receive services, and monitor overall trade systems at large. These systems do all of those things by controlling the five factors of production: labor, capital, entrepreneurs, physical resources, and information resources. Different economic systems, such as planned economies versus market economies, view these resources and responsibilities in different ways and implement their understanding of the concepts in ways that reflect their innermost values, goals, beliefs, and overall interests/well-being (“Economic Systems: Definitions, Types, and Examples”). 

The core concepts behind how people communicate with one another are very similar. For example, akin to bodies in an economic system, individual groups within communication systems direct their actions, or their words, in ways that reflect their own unique beliefs or goals. They succeed in this by meeting the needs of the six pillars of communication. These pillars include purpose, audience, resources, ethics, collaboration, and security (Detlef). By controlling the pillars of communication, individuals control the distribution of their communication resources, primarily information. While economic systems may provide a wider subject of control (the distribution of resources and control over large scale trade systems), the general idea behind both systems is control over the distribution of something with value. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the theories and concepts surrounding our understanding of the systems are both derived from the human mind and human actions.

Irregardless, the similarities can result in a comparison: if money is the currency of the economy, expressed words are the currency of communication. So how do we address setting an economic value to our words within our current system? As said prior, it’s basically impossible to do so. To put an individual value one each word that comes out of an individual’s mouth is an enormous, essentially impossible, task. It would require that whoever defined the value would be able to meet too many specifications including: Does each word have the same value? Do the words communicated by one individual have the same values as the words spoken by another? Does the overall impact of the words affect the economic value of each word? There is no way to set a dollar amount to the inherent value behind each word within our current system. Communication is too situational for that. For example, the same three words, ‘sign here, please,’ could signify the closure of a multimillion dollar deal and, in another situation, could simply be someone signing off on their $4.50 receipt at a coffee shop. Would the three words have a different economic value during the closure or during the signature of the receipt? How would you assign them a rotating value, if so? Once again, in our current system, impossible.

In a new system, however, the value of a word might not be impossible to address if looked at per individual speaker instead of per individual word. In an article written by Rachel Botsman, it is discussed that the country of China plans to launch a Social Credit System in the year 2020 in order to judge the trustworthiness of each of its residents. Daily activities, such as purchases, locations, and hobbies, would be monitored and valued, along with other areas such as who you interact with and what bills you pay. All of these behaviors are rated as either positive or negative and assigned a number, according to government set regulations, and the composite of those numbers would determine the “Citizen Score” of an individual (Botsman). This score aims to impact the job placement, educational opportunities, and overall social and political well-being of an individual by letting others know whether or not the government believes them to be a trustworthy individual. 

While the goal of this system, and the manner by which it judges people, may be different than the general idea of assigning value to a singular word a person says, the manner in which it operates could be a useful way to put economic value to the words we speak. This could be in a simplistic manner such as in monitoring the number of words an individual communicates per day on average versus how much income they are generating, therefore assigning a rough estimate value on their economic gains in comparison to how often they communicate. It would also be more complex, including that system as well as a rating system similar in which others rate an individual’s communication to a degree that corresponds to a dollar amount. The way in which people address one another, distribute information, and relate within groups could change the economic value of their overall communication skill score. Combining that with the consequences of their communication, such as how much money they earn and how much money they convince others to spend, could assign a rough estimate on the average value of any word that comes out their mouth. When implemented on a large scale, an average for the entire country, or world, could be determined.

But that’s all it would probably ever be able to be: an average. The economic value per word would be too difficult to address and, furthermore, it probably isn’t even necessary. Furthermore, a system like this could result in reputation fraud and could severely negatively impact the economy by introducing a new type of currency that could lead to inflation or, worse, anarchy as the current system tries to adjust to fit the creation of a new governmental body within the economy. In any case, the impacts of communication are monumental, with or without a dollar amount assigned. Without it, we wouldn’t even have economic systems to begin with. Perhaps the easiest way to handle this would be to take all the forms of communications, all of the words and expressions that can possibly be communicated, and give them all the entire economic value found within every economy in the world. 

 Works Cited 

Botsman, Rachel. “Big Data Meets Big Brother as China Moves to Rate its Citizens.” Wired, 21 Oct. 2017, 

“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2018.“Communication.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. We

Detlef, Pete. “Six Pillars of Communication.” 24 Hour Translation, 23 Mar. 2016, 

“Economic Systems: Definition, Types, and Examples.” Study, Header. Accessed 17 Apr. 2018.

“How Many Words Do We Speak in a Lifetime?” ProEdit,  Accessed 17 Apr. 2018.