Pulling the Plug

I’m still pulling from the older topics for Post a Day 2011.  The one I’m choosing for today is: Could you live without the internet for a week? For a month?

A dark day, indeed.

I kind of went in a different direction with this topic and tried to imagine my life without the Internet.  In other words, my life before 1989, when I discovered CompuServe and Prodigy on my Commodore 64 and a 300 baud modem.  Could I do it?  Probably not.  Before I all of you out there who point and laugh at my dependency, let me explain why I wouldn’t really be able to unplug for a year, a month, not even a week or a day.

My job depends on it.  In short, every day, I have to use the Internet to help my customers.  But, let’s suppose I wasn’t employed at all.  Wouldn’t I still need the Internet to look for work?  I think it’s the most efficient method to find employment, and it’s worked very well for me in the past fifteen years.

I think the only way I would ever truly unplug, is if the entire Internet went dead.  As in, no one could use it at all.  If that were the case, then I think I could finally unplug from the Internet.  I know it’s a bit drastic, but it’s like asking someone if they could live without electricity for a week or a month.  I mean, come on, with the Internet pervading our lives to such a degree that it affects nearly everything, could anyone seriously go without for a day or two?  Completely?

I doubt it.

Whenever I think about it, I think that there would be some kind of world panic about the sudden disappearance of the Internet.  We rely on it for so many things, these days, I think it might surprise you that anything you do in the world right now touches the Internet in some fashion, either directly or indirectly.

To that end, though, I’m going to leave you with a short clip from South Park’s episode, “Over Logging.”  I think it’s a fairly (in)accurate view of what might happen if the world suddenly lost net connectivity overnight:

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