Saturday 29 October 2011

Today's Review: Losing Internet For A Moment

I think it's fair to say that I'm pretty reliant on the internet. Not a day goes by where I don't look something up on the internet, and a day certainly hasn't gone by where I haven't posted an entry on this blog, or at least tried to in that time the site was down.

I can't really imagine what life would be like without the internet. Well, actually, I can, because I lived through it when I was a child. It was a scary, uncertain place. The only way to find something out was to go and find a book or something with the information you need. That may have meant a short walk to the library, not too bad, but then you had to scour through books, or go elsewhere and buy magazines, and even in that case you're at the mercy of the author, and whether they decide to write about what you know.

But with the internet, you can look up anything, at any time. Wikipedia is a revolution, and there's no shortage of random people on Yahoo Answers asking and answering questions about even the most mundane subjects. You can find routes, talk to friends, pretty much anything you want.

Until your internet goes down. Then you're just stuck sitting there in front of an unconnected computer. Sure, it might have a dictionary, but apart from that it's pretty useless, just relying on what's on the hard drive, which in a large amount of cases is copious amounts of porn. It's probably not too much of a problem for older generation, they still have those dusty old encyclopedias they used before the internet came along, and the probably still buy the newspaper every day too. But I can safely say I have no books of educational value to me whatsoever. Newspapers are just unwieldy too. With the internet I could find out pretty much anything within seconds, but once the router starts playing up a little I'm plunged into a void of non-communication. It's just the state of things today, I truly am a 21st century boy. Thankfully tonight I restarted the router and I was fine, but in the case of a full internet outage I don't know what it would be like. I know I'd learn to adapt, but nothing would be the same again.

Since the outage was short though, I guess it wasn't so bad. It made me think for a little while, summon up enough to write this review, and now I am safely sitting in my chair with a portal to the world again. If anything, it was life affirming. Be grateful for the internet you have, because you'll surely miss it when it's gone.

My rating: 1/5

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