"I don't have an e-mail address. As much as I admire the Internet I suffer literally agoraphobia, which in it's original sense means a fear of the marketplace. I do not want to receive three hundred e-mail messages per week from strangers…"
This stirring passage from the early twentieth century has an echo in the early twenty-first: the Grand Convocation Chamber of the Galactic Senate from Star Wars.
Compare to the courtarena from Frank Herbert's 1964 novel The Dosadi Experiment.
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