Sorry it’s taken me so long to put a prompt together, but I encountered some serious delays when I couldn’t think of a good portmanteau involving the word “facebook.”
Anyways, one of my biggest interests is in human communication, and how technology has affected that. So for this week’s prompt, I’m actually gonna ask you to get creative- really approach this with an open mind, and think about potential implications.
For this week’s post, pick a major means of communication (i.e. Facebook, Google, smartphones, email, snail mail, carrier pigeons etc.) that has had a significant impact on the ways in which we interact, and write about what you would think would happen if it stopped working on little to no notice. For example, how has the ability to look up stocks at any time from anywhere impacted the financial industry? What if people suddenly couldn’t do it? Or, if hackers took control of all of Google’s services, what’s the worst thing they could do (remember, Google does much more than web searching, so “using Bing” doesn’t cover all of it)?
Basically though, I really want you to have fun with it, and it doesn’t have to be all good/bad- this post isn’t meant to only be cautionary about our reliance on new things….
Recipe for Apocalypse
- Pick a communications technology
- Obliterate it (metaphorically, not literally)
- Imagine the horror and/or adaptability that ensues
- Get an agent and contact NBC.
“We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us”
“We do not call on the smartphone; it calls upon us”
- A Positive Rant About Google – Haters Gonna Hate, But Not Me. (digitalhighrise.com)
- The RSS Apocalypse (corte.si)
- Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (teepee12.com)