[NetBehaviour] Will a pandemic bring down civilisation?

james jwm-art net james at jwm-art.net
Wed Apr 9 12:43:08 CEST 2008

It was not the subject of pandemics which interested me so much as how
vulnerable society is because of "tightly-coupled" networks and
supply-chains. The other article "Why the demise of civilisation may be
inevitable" talks about this. Take for example, milk: the cows are
still producing it, the lorries are still transporting it (in bulk) but
the cartons which it is placed in for us little consumers to buy, are
made in a third-world factory where energy has run out, not only for the
factory but the shipment too. It sounds like a terrorists wet dream to

On 9/4/2008, "Jason Nelson" <newmediapoet at yahoo.com> wrote:

>  I'm terribly fascinated with pandemics...
>  even made this strange net artwork about them:
>  pandemic rooms
>  http://www.secrettechnology.com/rooms/pandemic.html
>  cheers, Jason
>james jwm-art net <james at jwm-art.net> wrote:
>  "FOR years we have been warned that a pandemic is coming. It could be
>flu, it could be something else. We know that lots of people will die.
>As terrible as this will be, on an ever more crowded planet, you can't
>help wondering whether the survivors might be better off in some ways.
>Wouldn't it be easier to rebuild modern society into something more
>sustainable if, perish the thought, there were fewer of us."
>"A growing number of researchers, however, are coming to the conclusion
>that far from becoming ever more resilient, our society is becoming ever
>more vulnerable (see page 30). In a severe pandemic, the disease might
>only be the start of our problems."
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