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Reflections of a Revolution | eciov
This isn’t an OAR tribute or a Beatles reference. This post will focus on NBC’s new show, Revolution. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. Then come back here and read this post. Now, since you’ve seen it… wouldn’t that be awesome? I’m not condoning militia-rule or killing others for the sake of power. I’m merely suggesting that losing technology, as we know it, would be wonderful. Consider the fact that you’re reading this post on a computer, or mobile device, that didn’t exist twenty years ago. You’d have to actually talk to me to understand my mood — not read about it on Facebook or Twitter. Since I’ll be sharing this on Facebook, a lot of you will read this and never say anything about it to me. I may get a “Like” if I’m lucky. When was the last time you actually talked to me, saw me in person, or interacted with me at any level? Technology has been on my mind a lot in the last several months. Specifically social networking: long live the superficial connection with people we hardly know. Do I care about most of you? Probably. Do most of you care about me? Hardly. Two years ago, I removed hundreds of friends on Facebook that I hadn’t talked to in years. There’s no real way to know, but I doubt they noticed. I’ve debated trimming the friends list once again but I’ve decided not to do that just yet. Not because I feel like too many people can see my online identity… because of the stray possibility that I’m not muted from your news feed and that I’ll say something you care about someday. I’ve stopped using Facebook and Twitter for everything but pushing my business and ingesting news. Here’s the kicker: I’ve muted so many of my Facebook friends that I don’t know what’s going on with half of them. I kind of like it that way. If I want to see what you’re up to, I’ll check out your profile. I don’t necessarily want to read about every minute of every day in your life. I dumped all of my friends off my Twitter account and moved them to a secondary address that I check occasionally. @carrjd is merely a news feed of tech-related sources on Twitter. I live a glamorous life. So how does this relate to Revolution? Realistically, I don’t think I’d be missing much if everything shut down overnight. Everything. Computers, phones, cars, planes, lights — all electricity and everything linked therein. Technology would disappear and we would drop back to the Middle Ages in hours. Granted, we have a much better understanding of mechanics and could easily work out a few non-electrical essentials like wind and water-powered machinery. Combustion engines would be, in theory, possible without electricity. Fuel would certainly be difficult to obtain. As most of you know, I make my living fixing and supporting computers, tablets and phones. It pays the bills and I’m good at it. That …