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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