Contributor Nancy Landon suggests that governments will likely shut down the internet during a catastrophic zombie outbreak. Her theory being that, in order to avoid mass panic, a complete online communication blackout would be put in place.
There certainly are precedents for the government cutting off the flow of information to the public. Two such examples in the United States come to mind:
- The practice of filming coffins returning from battle during the Vietnam War was a catalyst for the growing protest movement that ultimate led to the conflict’s end. Since then, press access to soldiers returning from war has been severely reduced, or blocked altogether.
- After Upton Sinclair’s scathing 1906 novel The Jungle caused a nationwide stir about the deplorable state of the meat packing industry, food processors have successfully lobbied the government for regulations that block the public from gaining access to their plants.
Every government on the planet attempts to control the flow of information across multiple channels on a daily basis, but the recent uprisings in the Middle East highlight how difficult that task can be.
Though blocking the web clearly isn’t as easy as flipping a switch, if the U.S. government already deems it in the national interest to prevent citizens from seeing what they eat and how they die, don’t be surprised if the end of the world is signaled by a failed connection notice on your home computer.
What do you think?