Which is the disaster: Earthquake or Internet disruption?

I found this quite amusing. As you know, there was an earthquake just off the southern coast of Taiwan a couple of days ago. This one is not a tiny burp – but a huge 7.1 Richter scale monster. Instead of talking about the devastation that is surely affecting the island, I noticed that most of us are really more concerned about the fact that our internet connections are affected by the damage to the underlying communication cables.
This is startling to me in two different ways: how incredibly different our lives have been changed by technology and the Internet, and if this is a signal of our growing apathy towards happenings in our world that doesn’t directly affect our immediate lives.


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