Panic! It's All Connected!
According to Gawker, the collapse of the free world is upon us.
Someone I know copied and pasted the contents of the above article on their Facebook profile. It was free of the inflammatory title and paragraphs that preceded and followed the events that happened July 8, 2015 listed below:
ITEM: The New York City subway system suffered an atrocious commute today, with some trains being inexplicably stranded in stations for long periods of time.
ITEM: The website “The Dissolve” folded today.
ITEM: United Airlines was forced to ground all of its flights after its computer system mysteriously stopped working.
ITEM: The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading today after its computerized trading system mysteriously stopped working.
ITEM: Immediately after, the Wall Street Journal’s website mysteriously stopped working.
ITEM: More than 2,500 people in Washington, DC mysteriously lost power.
And on a personal note, my waterproof Garmin Forerunner got waterlogged.
All this is connected. Let me explain:
While you can't dispute the facts of this post, it is from Gawker, a blog that has a tendency to, you know, stretch things.
While the hacker collective Anonymous attempted to take credit for the NYSE technical problems today, it was proven that it was a technical error. Blackouts happen all the time in the summer and the nation's poor power grid is a known issue. Subways break down and technology sadly occasionally fails us.
What's disappointing is that the talented and educated writers at The Dissolve lost their jobs today. I've met a few of them. They're nice people with a dream. They wanted to create a place where people could elaborate on the language of cinema.
Now they won't be able to pay the taxes needed to fix the broken power grid and lousy subway system. They can't invest their funds into the stock market or read about how they're doing on the Wall Street Journal. Nor will they be able to use United to travel to film festivals to write about their speciality or, worse, attend out-of-town job interviews.
Now I have to spur the economy by purchasing a new GPS watch.
It's all connected, but not in the way Gawker would have you believe it is. When you dig a little deeper, you'll expose the real truth.