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"Beyond a thousand years from now humans are not quite recognizably human, and I have trouble finding characters."
- Larry Niven

XV Wedge  
  A piece of entertainment that consists of edited real experience.  

This is a logical extension of the idea of stimsim, or recorded real experience. Initially, it is only possible to do recording and playback in special environments, like a movie studio and then a theater. But what happens when the technology becomes cheap?

Some perverse spirit, somewhere out there, has decided that this is the big year for Ed Porter to work with amateurs. Probably some woman, some upper level woman who doesn't like the way the wedges he edits sell like crazy, or the shows he assembles dominate the net.
From Mother of Storms, by John Barnes.
Published by Tor in 1994
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Many technologies have been opened up by inexpensive production facilities (like camcorders) and editing software. The final necessary piece, inexpensive mass distribution, is of course - the Internet.

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