posted on May, 30 2014 @ 05:10 AM
At this point the Internet is an integral part of modern civilization.
It would be extremely jarring to most people on the planet if it went down. A lot of mini holocausts around the globe would go completely unnoticed
for starters. People would withdraw into smaller family and community circles. Only the wealthy would really have the resources to know what is
happening in the world with any real accuracy. The rest of us would be at the mercy of the elites who own the media, as we were in the 40s and 50s and
earlier decades. The world agenda would be set aggressively by the elites to suit themselves, as they attempt to do now, but without informed
Being in my mid 60s, I remember quite well what it was like to live in a world of limited sources of information. The sense of "us" and "them" was
much more pronounced. "They" were virtually unknown. "They" didn't have personalities. There was little that was appealing about "them".
"They" could easily be dehumanized and caricatured and demonized. "We" could easily be stampeded against "them". (We still can be, but it was
much worse before the internet.)
Many attributes of modernism existed before the internet, but the "modern age" that existed then, before the internet, is a "dark age" by
comparison to what happened after the internet blossomed out.
If the internet were subtracted from the scene, by whatever means, it would be a disaster for the world.
It is interesting to note that in Turkey recently, the Supreme Court has refused the government's attempt to ban YouTube. That is a terrific thing.
The Turkish court recognizes the importance of what we in our part of the world might think of as simply an entertainment outlet. I would guess that
internet service is regulated to some extent in Turkey, but it is a sign of intelligence that the Turkish court has drawn a line in the sand on the
issue. I hope that attempts to interfere with a completely free internet, net neutrality, etc. are resisted everywhere.
We could cope without the internet but not nearly to the extent that we do now. If simply coping were the standard, we could go back to the Stone Age
and a few people could still cope.