48 hours without the internet or The Collapse of Society
Recently the internet in my flat stopped working. I had tried unplugging and plugging things back in but it didn’t work at all. It wasn’t a case of lack of bill paying because I paid it a few days before. After speaking to someone at tech support in Bangalore they told me that there was a problem in the area and it would be fixed the “day after tomorrow”.
It might seem a bit of an over reaction but with the past weekend’s happening I could miss something big and not know about it. We just had a weekend with a royal wedding (which I bloody missed!) and then the death of Osama bin Laden. As things tend to come in threes I was going to miss something. Society could collapse and I would be non the wiser. On Monday morning I woke up and checked Facebook and figured that from people’s status updates Osama was dead. Now how would I get my news?
Read a newspaper? Really? I am a student and can’t afford the luxury of newspaper (but somehow afford internet and other things).
The good news is that I was forced to go outside and use the internet in the library. I assumed it was safe to go outside and that the library system hadn’t collapsed due to a recent civil war. It was kind of nice to get outside as it turns out that it’s Spring, so the weather was good.
The library however was hell. There was a group of girls nearby who were talking about something really boring and unimportant. I almost snapped and shouted at them. But I don’t like to interact with people so I didn’t.
As it turned out society was still functioning. For all I knew though the UK was the only place holding out against the global collapse and alien invasion. It was tough walking along and thinking “oh yeah, i want to watch that youtube video” or when I was watching a film in the evening and I wanted to look the actors up on IMDB and you know what? I wasn’t able to.
It got me thinking about what people did before the internet. They obviously survived. But how?