Across the street from our office, some people have just taped a big paper sign on their balcony that reads "@cliffbot: twitter is down"You see, if you haven't heard, twitter was the recipient of a Denial of Service attack today.
It's stories like these that reinforce my belief that for all their benefit, our rapid advance toward social networking sites as our sole or primary source of connectivity with people, and our jump to eBooks and Kindle-style digital readers, and even our conversion to mobile phones from landlines has its insidious downside. Technology is, and always will be, vulnerable in ways that have little parallel in the tangible world of paper and presence. Batteries die; networks fail; hackers hack; and when that occurs you have no control over the outcomes.
With the old POTS phone lines, we had about five nines of surety that some sort of service would always be available, even during catastrophic events. The power might go out, but the phone would still work. Not so with your mobile phone, and a digital relay tower, and an earthquake.
for my money, I'll still go buy an old dog-eared book. No one can take it away from me, or edit it without my knowing, and its battery won't ever die. And if I want to share my thoughts about it with a friend, I can meet them for coffee and bring the book.
(of course, here I am blogging, so what does that say about my own idiosyncratic hypocrisy?)