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The Mold of Yancy

(1955)
Author: Philip K. Dick
Pages: 0
Personal Rating: 0/10
Goodreads: 4/5
Bindings:Compilation
Found in:The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories [1991]
Classifications:SciFi
Synopsis:
There's an investigation into an off-Earth colony where a seemingly benign totalitarian society has emerged. The eponymous Yancy is a popular public figure who is actually a virtual person, created by teams of 'Yance-men'. All aspects of day-to-day life are commentated on by Yancy through advertisements and broadcast shows, from breakfast cereal to music to politics. The populace of the society are essentially being de-politicized and homogenised by the messages of Yancy. All of Yancy's opinions are the least controversial possible; the way his speech is written appears to be profound, yet the content is such that very little is being said.
Trivia:
In the author's notes for this short story, it is mentioned that the Yancy character was roughly based on U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.