What if the internet crashed? Poof. Gone. I would think that the impact on many of us would be negligible if the crash only lasted for a short time.
And yet… My work phone works via the internet. In many cases, cell phone service would be impacted.
Traffic could become horribly snarled. Airplanes wouldn’t be able to take off or land (crashing would, of course, be optional). Police and fire would be hampered. Water plants might have to be shutdown. No gas could be pumped. No food available for purchase.
And the military would be extremely vulnerable.
The internet has crept into our lives in more ways than we know, running in the background and barely acknowledged.
Accidents happen. Solar flares are real. Vicious code is searching for a way in.
We’ve already seen the way advertising on social media has influenced an election. Imagine how easily military rule can be instituted by a controlled internet outage. Imagine how easily it will be to feel superior to those in these blackout areas when the ‘fake’ media skews the story about the other side’s position being the root cause because they’re allowed to turn any news into propaganda.
Now imagine you’re not imagining.
until next time, internet willing:D