Internet Outages from Hurricane Could Force People to Interact with Other People, Officials Warn

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    Aug 27, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    "– As Hurricane Irene prepared to batter the East Coast of the United States, federal disaster officials warned that Internet outages caused by the storm could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years."

    More: http://www.borowitzreport.com/2011/08/26/internet-outages-from-hurricane-could-force-people-to-interact-with-other-people-officials-warn/
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    Aug 27, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    We lost electricity last week and within ten minutes people were coming out of their apartments talking to each other everywhere.
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    Aug 27, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidWe lost electricity last week and within ten minutes people were coming out of their apartments talking to each other everywhere.
    Last time my power went off for more than 10 minutes, I shut down the computers (on backup power) and went to sleep. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 27, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    The Internet is singularly responsible for the deterioration in partisanship in this country. Prime example: RJ's "News and Politics" forum. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 27, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    Yeah yeah yea what the fuck ever. This is the same old "joke" recycled from the pre Y2K Bug scare.

    I remember that asshole Utne writing - "A WONDERFUL THING WILL HAPPEN AFTER Y2K - WE WILL GET TO KNOW OUR NEIGHBORS."

    What a dick.

    Yo, Eric (and the rest of you weenies), I got news for you:

    Your neighbors don't know you BY CHOICE. No disaster is going to change that.
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    Aug 27, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    That's a scarier prospect than 3-foot rats bubbling up from the subways.
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    Aug 27, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidWe lost electricity last week and within ten minutes people were coming out of their apartments talking to each other everywhere.


    I know, for these kinds of reasons, I like living the old-fashioned way sometimes.. though I love the internet to talk to my friends and family over distances.... Everyone here on RJ, let us know how you have fared if you are in the storm path! Be safe and take of each other!
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    Aug 27, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    dayumm saidThat's a scarier prospect than 3-foot rats bubbling up from the subways.


    i saw a pic of one of those 3 foot rats... creepy!!
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    Aug 27, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    New York City has also witnessed a great upsurge in community bonding whenever there's been a major power outage.

    I take an opposite view to some statements here, believing that the Internet INCREASES interaction. True, it's virtual, but better than isolation, and it can lead to actual contact.

    It has for me. And for the last 15 years, I've met many people in person thanks to online contact, from around the world, that would never have been possible had it not been for the Internet. Actually, I met several BFs, and both my late and present partners that way.

    Online is what you make of it. You can sit at home, become a virtual person. You can also use online to help you meet real people in person, that you might never have met otherwise.

    The Internet is a resource. How you use it is up to you.
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    Aug 27, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    The Internet is a resource. How you use it is up to you.


    THIS is TRUTH.
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    Aug 27, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    i cant imagine ppl here actually talking to each other haha, this is the most antisocial place ive ever lived, always loved when tha power goes out, kina like campin
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    Aug 27, 2011 5:39 AM GMT
    manboy_nyc said
    Art_Deco said
    The Internet is a resource. How you use it is up to you.


    THIS is TRUTH.


    Sure it's a resource. It's also an addictive drug.
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    Aug 27, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    And, in 9 months, there will be a spike in births.