Short story probably from pre-1985, probably originally published in Analog. A group builds a machine that will be able to broadcast telepathic messages to everyone in the world. They realize that it will be easy for anyone to build a similar machine leading to chaos (these are not mind-control signals, but being spammed telepathically would still be bad). They therefore send the first and last telepathic broadcast, which contains easy directions for building a device that will block receipt of any telepathic messages.

I checked the list of titles for Analog's "Probability Zero" stories (flash fiction, generally humorous) and one possibility is "Mass Communication" by Jay Kay Klein, August 1985. Sounds promising. (confirmed not to be the right story).

This USENET post is talking about the same story I am, though

Since broadcast telepathy is the technology you want anyone else to have even less than nukes (unblockable propaganda... spam...) someone puts together a transmitter, transmits the plans for the telepathy-blocker, and that's the end of that technology.

  • Thank you for checking
    – Andrew
    Apr 4, 2022 at 10:29
  • Reminds me of a Phillip K Dick story but that one was about reversing time, not telepathy. Apr 4, 2022 at 12:07
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    As a side note, I was surprised at how many results I kept getting on my searches that claimed to be non-fictional guides on how to block unwanted telepathy...
    – FuzzyBoots
    Apr 4, 2022 at 12:57
  • Same thing happened to me.
    – Andrew
    Apr 4, 2022 at 23:14


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