incarceration, capitalism, dystopia
perhaps this will revive the oral tradition - a new rank within the prison system might be the one who recites stories. it'd be cool if they adopted the system used in "Fahrenheit 451".
"What are you in for?"
"Cool, got anything by Alfred Bester?"
"Heh! *clears throat* 'THIS WAS A GOLDEN AGE, a time of high adventure, rich living, and hard dying... but nobody thought so...' "
"Ah. excellent prison book, this one."