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communication breakdown by shadowlea


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Ever thought of what you would be doing, if there was a major system failure?

No more internet, computers, satellites or other communication devices we take for granted today.

Would it be hard for you, to get used to a time when things were slower, and people took time to actually talk to each other face to face.


  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 4 years ago

    Great concept Irene . . . Sometimes it’s good to live in a rural environment. Here in NE Thailand I see life as it was lived 4 decades ago. Everyone knows everyone else and there is always time to stop for a chat . . .

  • That’s the way to live, I lived in large cities for years until it started to effect my health, the difference now is just amazing, thanks hugh for your thoughts

    – shadowlea

  • virgosun
    virgosunalmost 4 years ago

    Well, if it all went offline I guess it’d be back to scratching out pictures in sketchblocks, sending snail mail, and digging out the old manual typewriter… was it so long ago we did all that? Like the stark black and high-tech look in this one, nice work :D

  • And me trying to (make intelligent marks on paper), at least we wouldn’t have to worry about one type of virus, crashes etc..ha..thanks virgo

    – shadowlea

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonalmost 4 years ago

    Terrific artwork, Shadowlea! I did have to laugh (darkly) when I read the text. No internet — no tv — etc. — I have had too much practice as it is! lol Hugh’s comment made me think about my years in Baja, where we lived on solar off the grid. At the time (90’s) we could go to town to use the internet cafe but that was “it.” And I did love it, at the time (living close to nature as we did, also as he says above you felt so close to the community.) On the other hand, once you’re USED to the internet, it is really difficult to do without! I have had the theory for awhile though, that we all ought to know HOW to live without our little “toys”…. because you never know. I fear one day, it could be a serious, immediate issue due to solar storms or whatever. If it all went down I think I might survive (???) depending on the end effect to society at large. But it WON’T be fun!!!! At first… a very thoughtful piece, and I really like the mood of this! Well done!

  • thanks Nadya, just did this on impulse quick and rough, but inspired partly by our talk and events around us at the moment, including the solar flares. Computers/internet are very addictive and it is hard when a lot work is done via their use…we should take more time to get back into the nature of basic living, outside of technology for we may very well need to, for our survival one day……

    – shadowlea

  • Klaus Bohn
    Klaus Bohnalmost 4 years ago

    great feeling of color and design!

  • thanking you very much Klaus, appreciate your thoughts on this

    – shadowlea

  • Ann Morgan
    Ann Morganalmost 4 years ago

    I’ve given that quite a bit of thought because I believe it is a possibility. I think it would be somewhat refreshing. Your art work goes well with the notion.

  • thanks Ann, yes I agree, and if it happened I think after a short while people would adjust to the situation, we are an adaptable race, I think even though some hate change

    – shadowlea

  • BingoStar
    BingoStaralmost 4 years ago

    Very interesting thoughts Irene. It would be different for sure. I do live out in nature. There are not a lot of things going on around us and you do have a place to at peace with the world around us but hey it would be hard to get along with out all our toys. I would sleep more for sure LOL Great creation and something to think about ..<:)Bingo!!

  • lol same here, I like my comp because of the art, and meeting so many people from all over the world here in RB…I would miss that,… thanks bingo

    – shadowlea

  • sweeny
    sweenyalmost 4 years ago

    Great image Irene. I remember the days before all our modern communication devices were available, it really wasn’t too bad. I suppose we don’t miss what we never had! I don’t think I would like to go back to not having them though! Lol :-)))R

  • When I was little we didn’t even have a tv, but we made our own fun,…which is better those days or these? good and bad aspects in both I think, and well I would miss my comp..thanks sweeny for visiting

    – shadowlea

  • YouBet
    YouBetalmost 4 years ago

    A power blip yesterday during a wind storm wiped out my internet & I decided it was not safe to re-boot right away. I went to turn on the TV and the satellite was out too. I did NOT life the feel of things then realized I had some shows recorded. Yes, things are surely different than before the internet. For those of us not so gifted in the social graces, it is a blessing. Good and bad in everything I guess but I sure appreciate your point here. Good to think about.

  • I agree with the good and bad in everything, hope everything is working OK and back to normal hi-tech life ha..thanks YouBet for your interesting thoughts

    – shadowlea

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

  • Cheers Deborah

    – shadowlea

  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    Feb 2011

  • thanking your linaji for this fabulous honour, very much appreciated

    – shadowlea

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