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What Hurricane Sandy taught us about the Urban Apocalypse – Part 2


(Mark Segar – Reuters)

It was unsettling how things changed. From the safety of social feeds, we watched as photoshopped spoofs and Michael Bay rip-offs paled before the quiet aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Smouldering burns scarred into whiteboard neighbourhoods. A suburban block turned to some vast waste dump. A seafront bar dragged across a bay, a boat perched on railroad tracks. More than the Boxing Day Tsunami, this felt uncomfortably close to home.

We may be incredulous of the naive expectations of the massive storm; or the religious leader who blamed Sandy on New York State’s acceptance of gay marriage. Yet, what lay in front of us was a solid lesson in where the future may lead for many cities across the globe.

In Part One of What Hurricane Sandy taught us about the urban apocalypse, we looked at Corporate Sponsorship, Disaster Parasites, and the not-so sweet smell of the apocalypse.

Past the cut, in Part Two, we’ll be looking at the comfort of petty theft, how hipsters decorate their fallout digs, and why it’s not over til it’s over…

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What Hurricane Sandy taught us about the Urban Apocalypse – Part 1


(Spencer Platt – Getty Images)

It was unsettling how things changed. From the safety of social feeds, we watched as photoshopped spoofs and Michael Bay rip-offs paled before the quiet aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Smouldering burns scarred into whiteboard neighbourhoods. A suburban block turned to some vast waste dump. A seafront bar dragged across a bay, a boat perched on railroad tracks. More than the Boxing Day Tsunami, this felt uncomfortably close to home.

We may be incredulous of the naive expectations of the massive storm; or the religious leader who blamed Sandy on New York State’s acceptance of gay marriage. Yet, what lay in front of us was a solid lesson in where the future may lead for many cities across the globe. Past the cut, here’s the first of a two part blog on what Hurricane Sandy taught us about surviving the urban apocalypse.
 
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Our Lifeline – what happens?


I’m writing a post apocalyptic piece myself at the moment, it’s more speculative fiction than anything – but it did get me thinking …
The internet, the lifeline of the world, the umbilical cord that connects us all. How would it survive? Is it possible for the cyber world to exist after, say, a 3rd world war? Or a zombie attack? Or a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and/or nuclear) attack?

Certainly with the possibility of a 3rd world war I would expect the warfare to be “gang” based, religious groups, anti-government, anti-establishment and so on rather than country on country. The Mutual Assured Destruction doctrine is a scary agreement; enough to stave off a nuclear attack, but those behind the faces of their government and countries are able to stoke the fire in other ways. Reduced trade agreements, higher taxes, propaganda, the list is endless.

Let’s say, that this happens, that the current economic crisis occurring world wide deepens, global warming intensifies, not enough rice and crops are grown and it happens to an extent that wars and riots occur throughout the world, spreading like a disease.

How do you think the cyber attacks would happen? Are we talking a fire sale attack? A concentrated and organised virus implemented into all government and security programmes? The Stock Exchange tampered with?

I’d be really curious to hear other people’s thoughts …

I guess this post is more of a musing than anything, perhaps food for thought?


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