Maintaining and holding onto any sense of community is held in utmost importance, as Act V acknowledges the fragility of a vulnerable public. WEVP-TV producer Emily can be found crouching over the destroyed Video Databank archive, grieving the loss of the town’s communal library of artist videotapes, home movies, and filmed dream diaries. As backstory explains that a court order prevented the monopolistic Consolidated Power Company from influencing station programming, WEVP-TV was the one symbol of successful resistance against the ravages of corporate power. Now washed away, its destruction is a significant blow to morale. When physical structures crumble and people relocate or vanish entirely, the markers that comprise a community grow endangered. In response, Kentucky Route Zero offers the incorporeal solution of shared stories, bestowed knowledge, and mutual experiences as the deeper ties that bind a community even as the surface appearance of a neighborhood changes with time or tragedy. If a town no longer exists physically, it can exist psychically, through the bonds we forge with each other.
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