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Can the Internet Be Broken? Don't Laugh

Ralph Breaks the Internet is a new Disney movie, my wife and grand-kids tell me. A catchy title, I'm sure you'll think. And, the title appeals, not just the kids but to the adults. A great economic ploy.

But, oddly enough, about a week ago, the idea of a broken Internet crossed my own mind, not for entertainment purposes!

We all know that stores find it very hard to compete with sales on the Internet, right? After all, they have to maintain buildings, pay rent, ship and receive not knowing for sure a customer will purchase. Add to this the customer's realization that he will receive his goods quickly, and will not show up at some business or be told on the phone, "Sorry, we don't have that in stock."

Besides, store owners have to hire abundant employees, paying wages and often providing benefits. Costly!

So we look to the Internet. We purchase. We're satisfied. We think of other things we can stop buying at stores. Stores suffer. Stores close down. If this continues to an ever greater degree, the idea begins to take form that cities, malls, and such may become ghost-towns.


But what if the Internet "broke"? How so? Well, there are many scenarios. But one that crosses my mind (the obvious) is some form of terrorism. Or worse, the Internet's collapsing, in some fashion, under its own "weight". Well, if the stores are closed, where will we go for what we need? Oh, some stores might still be open, but would it be enough?

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MegL wrote on November 4, 2018, 10:28 AM

So many shops are closing because of this. There are no toy stores in the centre of Belfast. Oh there are some in London and people are even catching flights to go and see them. It's not just local stores, it's the jobs and the problems for people who don't have the internet and don't want it.

VinceSummers wrote on November 4, 2018, 1:04 PM

I almost included a statement about the employees (jobs). But my mind went a step further... What if?

Last Edited: November 4, 2018, 2:26 PM

MegL wrote on November 4, 2018, 4:03 PM

Yes, there are some very big what ifs?.....

lookatdesktop wrote on November 5, 2018, 7:51 PM

The internet is not a permanent thing. It is a new thing and people are learning that it is not all as great thing as one thought. The point being the disappearance of strip malls, mom and pop retailers turning into ghost towns, is already happening. Some are arguing that we should try our best to actually go to the stores that still exist and buy things from those places instead of ordering things online, just to help existing businesses stay afloat.

Last Edited: November 5, 2018, 7:52 PM

VinceSummers wrote on November 5, 2018, 10:24 PM

All of which goes to illustrate the darker picture if things continue as I suggest.

lookatdesktop wrote on November 6, 2018, 10:39 AM

And I agree with you 100%. Things are not looking good for private business and looks like Super Sized Corporate Retailers are taking over the planet.