Internet is down, Panic or Party?

According to John Horrigan, an associate director of research in the field of leading edge technology, “62% of all Americans have some access to the digital world.”  The ability to access the Internet has become as convenient as pulling your Blackberry from your pocket.  There are no boundaries, information is instant and with demographic web targeting and market segmentation, any web user is capable of being exposed to their preferred interests. Instant gratification has become the new tradition. Folks who prefer the newspaper, radio or even T.V. are considered old fashioned by today’s standards. www.pewinternet.org.

Disaster strikes, a Whale-Shark mistakes the submarine cables for it’s dinner and took out all of the United States Internet connectivity abilities. A blessing in disguise or disaster? Americans ‘Need’ Their Gadgets, or so we think.

 Post offices immediately begin to boom trying to get the important news out. People would receive actual letters in the mail. People would be getting involved with more communal events, and who knows, maybe interactively play games together sitting around a table. More privacy would be established, but more chance of lies and government mediation would also arise. Copyright infringement would decrease and so would exposure of entertainment. People would lose weight!

Every avid web user would have to relearn how to read, books, write letters, critically watch the news on T.V. and relearn how to PLAY OUTDOORS! Some people might think they would die. Between schoolwork, communicating with family and friends, shopping and news browsing, if the Internet crashed people would have to start thinking again. As hard as it seems life would be without the Internet, it could be a blessing in disguise.

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One response to “Internet is down, Panic or Party?

  1. Imagine folks taking the time to sit down and have a conversation without being distracted by incoming mail, text messages, or phone calls. There is so much to physical interaction that enhances the communicative experience – voice inflection, mannerisms, facial expressions, dress, environment. Keep it Zen, keep it personal, and take the time to interact in person. Now that sounds like community.

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