The day the Internet died.

So, I’ve been having these tenacious images creep into my mind. They keep popping up.

I’m a medium, I don’t predict the future – generally. But here’s something that just keeps popping into my head:

I think that one day, the Internet will crash. It will disappear, and for a few moments, there will be no Internet. I think it could be caused by a simple bit of programming some young anarchist slipped into some widely distributed software, giving it a trigger-date of twenty or thirty years in the future: time enough for it to sneak into almost everything.

It causes everything to go blank all at once, all over the world. Anything ever connected to the Internet disappears.

Huge fallout. Some people live their lives through virtual online presences. They lose their status, they grieve terribly. Others celebrate: debt records are affected / erased too.

The New Internet is immediately reconstructed out of pieces of the Old Internet. Corporations race to be the first to set up the new structures – they all have to start from scratch. Like, Operating Systems start from scratch.

Floppy disks are suddenly high-value – anything with a USB plug is too new, and has been erased.

So much content has been lost forever – it defies description. The whole world shifts – people set up list and found boards, asking where to find people, handles, old blogs.

And then… People begin to discover that all is not lost. Some people find they can remotely access the Old Internet, using telepathic techniques. Where has the Old Internet gone? Psychics, mediums and intuitives spring up all over, again and again, it is proven they have access to the Old Internet as though there is an Old Google in their brain.

Some return to the New Internet and rebuild – others never need the Internet again.

This is not a prediction, just a very persistent scenario in my mind right now. Maybe it would make a good book.

Can you imagine? If the Internet disappeared tomorrow, how would you find me? My email address would not exist. The cell phone networks would be down. How long before new blog platforms and new search engines could bring us together again?

And all this, these conversations, would appear to vanish.

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8 thoughts on “The day the Internet died.

  1. Love is all the matters, Love is all you need. If you/we are attached to the internet we would soon find out that it doesnt matter.
    Love is the one thing that stays with us eternally šŸ™‚

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  2. Most times that my father and I talk, we end up discussing post-technological scenarios. (What will happen when people have forgotten how to function without technology, or worse were never taught it?) Let’s face it, unless things change and we find enough reasonable alternatives, there *will* come a time when we will be unable to power much of anything. When that happens, the Internet as it currently exists dies, too. (Have you ever seen the television series “Jeremiah” with Luke Perry? It’s set in a dystopian future where most of the adults have died of a terrible disease, leaving the kids to try to struggle on. Imagine what geek children would do if technology disappeared — they’d try to rebuild it.)

    Last May (after you’d started posting about Bob Marley), I had a dream in which I told a man who looked like a young Bill Gates that there were people out there with both a deep understanding of the metaphysical nature of the universe and a great affinity with technology and that he should go find them — actively go out there and search for them — because they were the future. It seemed important enough to me that I kept repeating the words every time I woke up briefly in order that I wouldn’t forget when I finally got up. Maybe these are the people who will become the architects of that new Internet.

    There was a time when I would have been horrified at the thought of all that content disappearing, all those social connections lost, but these days I think of everything, including the Internet, as a huge sand mandala.

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  3. I laughed because I’ve heard this before and I immediately feel a sense of panic at the loss of technology. I laugh because I remember a time before the internet (and I’m not even THAT old) and we managed just fine even though things took much more time (I prefer looking up a Wiki page to going to the library to thumb through old encyclopedias). We’ll all be fine – we’ve done it before and we can do it again. It’ll just require a return to the old fashioned ways of interacting like meeting in person or talking on the telephone! šŸ™‚

    Have you ever seen the British TV comedy show, the IT Crowd? One of the characters knows nothing about IT but runs the IT department. Her colleagues play a joke on her and give her a big red button and tell her that it’s the on/off switch for the internet – don’t press the button or it will all disappear! Maybe it’s not such a joke? šŸ˜‰

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