I was thinking about how much I live a web-life–the articles I read online from newspapers I subscribe to online, the contact I keep with people online, the deals I make online, the shopping I do, the uploading, the downloading. We already have virtual lives. We don’t need Second Life to show us how to be an avatar; we are already avatars in our own online worlds.
But what if by next week you knew there would be no more Internet? No more Facebook. No more Amazon. No more NY Times on the web. No more getting your news there. No more Youtube. No more buying on iTunes. No more Skype. No more sharing lives this way. No more information. No more wikipedia to answer questions, or health sites to give you info. You were restricted to the former ways of staying in contact with others, the former ways of looking up info, the former ways of living. Welcome to LudLife. You would still have a computer–it just wouldn’t be connected to a network. You would still have a phone, but not a smart one. There would be no texting. You would have to talk.
If you knew this internet shutdown would happen on March 31st, what would you do between now and then?