The Week the Internet Died

From August 18 to August 25, we challenge you to not use the internet. You may think, “That's impossible!” But as recently as 10 years ago, most people barely used the internet, and 20 years ago most people had never heard of it. We remember that time and feel that something has been lost, despite the many great things that the internet provides or has changed for the better. This week is an opportunity to have an experience of life without the internet and to critically reflect on technology, communication, community, and the omnipresent role that the internet plays in most of our lives.

If you must use the internet for work or school, try to only use it for that - don't read or send any non-work-related email or check any non-work-related websites. And try doing work communication and research in other ways if possible, like call someone on the phone instead of sending an email.

Here are some ideas of things you can do instead of using the internet:

make a phone call
write a letter
leave a note in someone's mailbox
drop by for a surprise visit
send a telegram (is that still possible?)
read a book
read the newspaper or a magazine
visit the library or another social public space
read or make a zine
listen to CDs, records, and tapes instead of downloaded or online music
see live music
go to the movie theatre
have people over

On Tuesday, August 20 at 7:30pm there will be a free public screening of “The Net,” the 1995 Sandra Bullock thriller about the dangers of the internet, at the Roberts Street Social Centre (2084 Creighton Street, Halifax).

At the end of The Week the Internet Died, we invite you to come to the 24 Hour Zine Challenge at the Roberts Street Social Centre, where you can contribute to a collaborative zine about the internet and The Week the Internet Died, or make your own zine about anything you want. The Zine Challenge runs from Saturday, August 24 at 5pm to Sunday, August 25 at 5pm.

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