I couldn’t begin to imagine the pain and inconvenience of the thousands left powerless after Superstorm Sandy until I got a tiny taste with a Wi-Fi outage at our loft last week.
I had to admit that the list of things I do on my computer has grown in leaps and bonds: this blog, my teaching, communication with my family and friends, e-mails, address book, file sharing, bill paying, news, reading material and shopping.
I ended up carrying my portable computer with me taking advantage of pockets of time and free Wi-Fi to keep connected and functioning.
I was so frustrated by the experience that I began to wonder if I might be the product of an Internet addiction disorder? Do I want to or is it even possible to disconnect from a virtual life? What is the difference between dependency and control of/with the Internet? What is the state of a modern functional connected life?
For now, we will use the fundamental power of consumption and switch our provider.