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OldBoy
04-24-08, 01:23 PM
Could you imagine if the internet just went away, completely, one day. Inspired by the latest "South Park" obviously. But what would you do if it was just gone with no hope for its return.

Anyone actually ponder this? I mean forget about what it was like before. I mean if it was tomorrow, after you've spent hours of your day everyday strolling around, actually doing useful things as well and then you couldn't do it any longer.

Maybe we would be more communicative with real life people, maybe we would be less lazy as a society, maybe...

mhg83
04-24-08, 01:25 PM
I would just go over to twikoffs house

Giantrobo
04-24-08, 01:25 PM
I'd shit bricks.

Mordred
04-24-08, 01:25 PM
I would head out California way.

Bronkster
04-24-08, 01:28 PM
As long as Freecell still worked ....

Giantrobo
04-24-08, 01:29 PM
Even if it went away I still wouldn't pay for porn. :grunt:

My Other Self
04-24-08, 01:30 PM
I believe last week's South Park summed up what would happen very nicely.

Bronkster
04-24-08, 01:31 PM
Even if it went away I still wouldn't pay for porn. :grunt:
"pay for porn" ... I'm not understanding these words.

movie diva
04-24-08, 01:33 PM
If the internets went away, I might go outside, read a book. OMG don't take the internets away.

dieinafire
04-24-08, 01:36 PM
I would be out of a job, since I work for an ISP. That would mean no money, and no place to live anymore. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sad026.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

lordwow
04-24-08, 01:37 PM
I would be very bored at work.

PrincessT
04-24-08, 01:39 PM
I would be out of a job, since I work for an ISP. That would mean no money, and no place to live anymore. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sad026.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)
I too would be out of a job.

Giantrobo
04-24-08, 01:39 PM
If the internets went away, I might go outside, read a book. OMG don't take the internets away.


That's just crazy talk

Cardiac161
04-24-08, 01:47 PM
I guess I have to actually have a life.

gilbertr76
04-24-08, 01:50 PM
I would have to take applications over the phone rather than directing people to our company website. :grunt:

In other emoticons... :hairpull: :brickwl2: :suicide:

dx23
04-24-08, 01:52 PM
This is what would happen:


<embed src="http://www.theonion.com/content/themes/common/assets/videoplayer/flvplayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowScriptAccess="always" wmode="transparent" width="400" height="355" flashvars="file=http://www.theonion.com/content/xml/63609/video&autostart=false&image=http://www.theonion.com/content/files/images/INTERNET_CRASH_new_article.jpg&bufferlength=3&embedded=true&title=Breaking%20News%3A%20All%20Online%20Data%20Lost%20After%20Internet%20Crash"></embed><br/><a href="http://www.theonion.com/content/video/breaking_news_all_online_data?utm_source=embedded_video">Breaking News: All Online Data Lost After Internet Crash</a>

Kittydreamer
04-24-08, 02:23 PM
I guess it would be back to the telephone for me. :(

Bandoman
04-24-08, 02:37 PM
Wait - the entire internet? All of it? Even the pirate ship? Even the island?

I could not cope.

AGuyNamedMike
04-24-08, 02:38 PM
I would cry real tears.

Randy Miller III
04-24-08, 02:43 PM
I'd just yell my reviews into a bullhorn on the roof.

NIMH Rat
04-24-08, 02:46 PM
My attention span would return to pre-1994 levels.

Nausicaa
04-24-08, 02:48 PM
That's just crazy talk

Moving to Crazy Talk.

Lurker Gal
04-24-08, 03:11 PM
I'd be very bored at work. And I'd lose my mind not being able to google for information either.

aJOHNymous
04-24-08, 03:13 PM
1. I'd probably be a lot more productive at work.

2. I'd have to leave my house to get new music.

3. Chris Hanson would be out of work.

Giles
04-24-08, 03:14 PM
I'd actually get off my ass and maybe start an exercise program to loss some weight.

OldBoy
04-24-08, 03:20 PM
these all put a smile on my allergy ridden face!
randy,
i'd still listen for them.
dieinafire and princesst,
i wouldn't wish that on you guys, but we could find you something else in the event of.

FantasticVSDoom
04-24-08, 03:25 PM
Dogs and cats living together!!!!!

Giles
04-24-08, 03:26 PM
mass hysteria!

dieinafire
04-24-08, 03:48 PM
these all put a smile on my allergy ridden face!
randy,
i'd still listen for them.
dieinafire and princesst,
i wouldn't wish that on you guys, but we could find you something else in the event of.

As long as I got a kickass job, with lots of money, then I would be cool with it.

PrincessT
04-24-08, 04:11 PM
As long as I got a kickass job, with lots of money, then I would be cool with it.
meh, it would be back to graphic design and desktop publishing for me.

Groucho
04-24-08, 04:18 PM
"Encyclopedia Salesman" would once again be a valid profession.

Th0r S1mpson
04-24-08, 04:23 PM
I started printing the internet last month just in case.

gilbertr76
04-24-08, 04:27 PM
I started printing the internet last month just in case.
I'll send you a box of Ritz if you make a copy for me, too. Thanks! :up:

Th0r S1mpson
04-24-08, 04:32 PM
I'll send you a box of Ritz if you make a copy for me, too. Thanks! :up:
I think there are laws against making more than one copy for personal use as a backup.

gilbertr76
04-24-08, 04:46 PM
I think there are laws against making more than one copy for personal use as a backup.
I understand your reluctance but doubt the IIAA would ever be the wiser!

Will TWO boxes of Ritz make it more worthwhile?

Th0r S1mpson
04-24-08, 05:15 PM
Fine, I'll make you a copy IF the internet goes down. But first I'll have to find what page this post is on so I can destroy any record of this conversation. I don't think it will get to this page for a while because I'm out of toner and it's still not done printing Wikipedia. Back in a bit.

orderandlaw
04-24-08, 05:34 PM
Ha! I was just talking about this South Park episode w/my family the other night over sushi.

It led us to talk about how communication and society may change in relation to all this new technology, i.e. the internet.

Its interesting to think about how decentralized the internet is and how an entire operation can be run by just one person.

How does this affect such things as revolutionary change? Students in the '60's came together and did lots of activist things, but now that we have the internet we have tons of people just kinda chuggin' along doing their own deal. There could be some group a continent away that is doing something similar to what your group is doing and there's a chance you may meet or there's a chance you never will. If there's "power in numbers" how will you converge to do something like say, overthrow the government?

Does the internet really "connect us all" or does it just divide us further and add to distractions that we already have present in television/print media?

cultshock
04-24-08, 05:42 PM
No biggie, I'd just switch over to the backup internet. :shrug:

chino77
04-24-08, 05:46 PM
Even if it went away I still wouldn't pay for porn. :grunt:

thats a good excuse to tell myself for all the free porn i have stocked up. its for just incase the internet goes away.

Trevor
04-24-08, 05:47 PM
Ha! I was just talking about this South Park episode w/my family the other night over sushi.

It led us to talk about how communication and society may change in relation to all this new technology, i.e. the internet.

Its interesting to think about how decentralized the internet is and how an entire operation can be run by just one person.

How does this affect such things as revolutionary change? Students in the '60's came together and did lots of activist things, but now that we have the internet we have tons of people just kinda chuggin' along doing their own deal. There could be some group a continent away that is doing something similar to what your group is doing and there's a chance you may meet or there's a chance you never will. If there's "power in numbers" how will you converge to do something like say, overthrow the government?

Does the internet really "connect us all" or does it just divide us further and add to distractions that we already have present in television/print media?

Moving to serious talk.

redcon1
04-24-08, 05:48 PM
Al Gore would just invent another one....

No, seriously, how would I find out about where to buy low-cost Viagra?(Uh, not that I actually need it, you understand. :D )

gilbertr76
04-24-08, 05:52 PM
Fine, I'll make you a copy IF the internet goes down. But first I'll have to find what page this post is on so I can destroy any record of this conversation. I don't think it will get to this page for a while because I'm out of toner and it's still not done printing Wikipedia. Back in a bit.
I sure appreciate it! :up:

I'll send the wifey to buy the Ritz today, so I'll be able to get them to you right away if/when the plug gets pulled.

Would I simply address them to BWG's Mom?

The Edit King
04-24-08, 05:56 PM
If the Internet just...went away??? :eek:

WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD I TALK TO??? :eek:

May it NEVER happen! :fc:

-THEEKSAKE!!! :eek:

gilbertr76
04-24-08, 06:00 PM
If the Internet just...went away??? :eek:

WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD I TALK TO??? :eek:

May it NEVER happen! :fc:

-THEEKSAKE!!! :eek:
Would Treesa stop talking to you if there were no internets to talk about? :sad:

Th0r S1mpson
04-24-08, 06:17 PM
Would I simply address them to BWG's Mom?
That'll do. The postman knows her too.

The Edit King
04-24-08, 06:19 PM
Would Treesa stop talking to you if there were no internets to talk about? :sad:Sure she would but what about, 'Bros before Hos'?

-Bro THEEK! :eek:

mndtrp
04-24-08, 06:40 PM
I don't do much internetting at home, but I would have to go to a store to rent movies. Maybe Netflix could put together a mail order system.

At work, I would probably become more productive.

I wouldn't get the best deals on things, and I probably wouldn't buy as many things because of it. I wouldn't be able to fix as many things as I do now, without the helpful internet people guiding me through things I don't understand.

I might start using the telephone to talk to people again.

Gunshy
04-25-08, 04:45 AM
It would mean using the phone book/yellow pages again which is really just depressing when you think about it. :(

-Gunshy

EdTheRipper
04-25-08, 06:01 AM
I'd actually have to leave the house to get movies and music. Not really a fan of that idea.

I'd lose contact with just about everyone I know because I don't have contact info for very many people offline.

TomOpus
04-25-08, 10:48 AM
Since BBS's only used phone lines I guess we'll revert back to those.

Good times.... good times....

NotThatGuy
04-25-08, 11:14 AM
I'd round up my 'fits and go to Vegas....because the world is ending, might as well go out broke, drunk, and smelling like stripper!

Kittydreamer
04-25-08, 11:52 AM
Wait - the entire internet? All of it? Even the pirate ship? Even the island?

I could not cope.
All of them, even www.bandoisawesome.com, yes, it would all be gone. *cries*

MartinBlank
04-25-08, 12:12 PM
thats a good excuse to tell myself for all the free porn i have stocked up. its for just incase the internet goes away.

:lol:

drmoze
04-25-08, 01:19 PM
I'd actually have to leave the house to get movies and music. Not really a fan of that idea.

I'd lose contact with just about everyone I know because I don't have contact info for very many people offline.

Wow. If this is the future of our culture, I am very, very afraid.

Hard to imagine that people can actually meet up in public (no computer required), engage in face-to-face conversation (no IM needed), play games and enjoy other activities together (no gaming console needed), and even be aroused and attracted by one another (no online pr0n involved).

But apparently most of the younger generation freak out at the thought of having to leave the house and the computer to actually *do* things like shop, have fun, socialize, etc. Very sad.

mndtrp
04-25-08, 06:39 PM
Right. And radio, television, the telephone and the microwave ruined all of us. No one knows how to make music, read or cook anymore.

Since we're on a dvd forum, remind me again how easy it was to get foreign films prior to the internet? Did those face to face meetings result in the accessibility we experience now?

drmoze
04-25-08, 06:47 PM
Right. And radio, television, the telephone and the microwave ruined all of us. No one knows how to make music, read or cook anymore.

Since we're on a dvd forum, remind me again how easy it was to get foreign films prior to the internet? Did those face to face meetings result in the accessibility we experience now?

The jury is still out but persuasive evidence continues to roll in. The fitness of the average American (who has a mw, tv, internet) is definitely getting worse. Give it another decade to see the impact of everything "online" on social interactions and skills.

And who cares about crappy artsy foreign movies anyway?

NIMH Rat
04-25-08, 08:11 PM
Just thought of a new one:

General spelling and grammar would improve the world over.

Tarantino
04-25-08, 09:47 PM
I guess the three things I'd miss would be...

Product reviews...

Instant music...

An easy way to keep in touch with relatives and friends who live far away from me...

= J

Eplicon
04-25-08, 10:06 PM
The two things I have done little of since going online in 1986 were reading and being active outdoors. Every time I don't have an Internet connection for whatever reason, those are the two things I end up doing. :shrug:

dx23
04-25-08, 11:21 PM
Doomsday is coming on 2010, according to AT&T (http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/90339):


2010: D-day for the Internet as it hits "full capacity"?
Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:19PM EDT
See Comments (31)

Buzz up!on Yahoo!Doom-filled warnings arrive from AT&T this week. The company says that without substantial investment in network infrastructure, the Internet will essentially run out of bandwidth in just two short years.

Blame broadband, says AT&T. Decades of dealing with the trickle of bandwidth consumed by voice and dialup modems left AT&T twiddling its thumbs. The massive rise of DSL and cable modem service in the 2000s has had AT&T facing a monstrous increase in the volume of data transmissions. And that's set to increase another 50 times between now and 2015. That's enough, says AT&T, to all but crash the system.

In response, AT&T says it's investing $19 billion to upgrade the backbone of the Internet, the routers, servers, and connections where the bulk of traffic is processed.

Of course, AT&T is using this breathlessness in part to point fingers beyond simple broadband use. Web video (especially high-definition video) is the most commonly mentioned bandwidth hog. AT&T says video alone will eat up 80 percent of traffic in two years vs. just 30 percent now. One wonders how YouTube doesn't collapse under the pressure. Hmmm.

Meanwhile, many are wondering whether this is prelude to AT&T announcing (or not announcing, but doing anyway) a traffic prioritization/shaping system like Comcast has been tinkering with... and which has earned it nothing but scorn. Net neutrality (which would forbid premium pricing for certain Internet applications and destinations) is a topic that continues to be hotly debated on Capitol Hill, and telcos are anxious to kill the idea since they'd love to be able to charge additional money for different kinds of web traffic. If the whole Internet is about to crash, well, that makes AT&T's argument all the more compelling, doesn't it?

http://f3.yahoofs.com/ymg/null__9/null-224487357-1208981750_thumb.jpg?ym4zSR_C3XgJUd77

mhg83
04-26-08, 12:10 AM
Doomsday is coming on 2010, according to AT&T (http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/90339):




http://f3.yahoofs.com/ymg/null__9/null-224487357-1208981750_thumb.jpg?ym4zSR_C3XgJUd77

Damn! you beat me to it. I thought we already have a solution in place with IPv6 being used? Or is that something different then what is being mentioned above?

Nick Danger
04-26-08, 07:32 AM
Yesterday, I read this sentence:

They boast that, if it be an evil, they have at least chosen the lesser evil; that they practice openly as a virtue what others do secretly as a sin--how full is society of these latent Mormons!--that their plurality has abolished the necessity of concubinage, cryptogamy, contubernium, celibacy, mariages du treizième arrondissement, with their terrible consequences, infanticide, and so forth; that they have removed their ways from those "whose end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword."

It only took a couple of minutes with Google to understand it. Without the internet, I would have just given up.

PrincessT
04-26-08, 12:17 PM
If the internet went away, we wouldn't have headlines like this to make us giggle on Saturday mornings:

I found maggots within my clothes. if i clean up the the clothes will it go and get rid of the maggots?

http://www.homeabc.net/Cleaning-Laundry/992-cleaning-1-3.html

calhoun07
04-26-08, 12:31 PM
I found maggots within my clothes. if i clean up the the clothes will it go and get rid of the maggots?



is this another THEEK thread?