The Glover Report: Internet Blackout: Black Monday, 7.9.12
4 million Internet users to be dis-affected
By Doni M. Glover, www.bmorenews.com
(BALTIMORE- July 9, 2012) – CNN.com reported yesterday that the Fedeal Bureau of Investigation will shut down “selected servers supporting computers infected with the notorious virus, DNSChanger.”
They suggest that 4 million will be blocked from the Internet.
In a way, I guess it’s like a rain day – Mother Nature’s way of slowing things down for a spell. Truth be told, the people affected by this shut down could easily be more than just Internet users.
After all, we’ve reached a day and time when so much of what we do relies on the World Wide Web, a fascinating development that has taken place since the early 90’s. Where we were once using dial-up to connect with America OnLine, a number of other companies have evolved – some of which have replaced early Titans. In short, communications might never be the same again.
Who would have thought, for instance, that a Facebook would become such a dominating force in the marketplace? Who could have predicted in the early 90s that this new social media craze would literally revolutionize the world?
Actually, during my days at Coppin State, Professor Ronn Nichols introduced the class to Tony Brown in Washington, DC. It was there – around ’93 – that he told us of a way to reach millions of people instantly. I thought to myself: “Wow!” And I’ve been heavily engaged ever since.
But back to today’s blackout: Who knows? Maybe this is just a quirk that must be endured for the sake of the better good. In any event, a lot of folks will have to resort to previously popular forms of communication – among other things – like picking up the phone.