My son called me today. He said "they" (he and his friends) wanted to know how to pronounce the word that means fear of long words.
I didn't know what the word was. It took me about a minute to find it on the Internet.
The word is hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.
I love the Internet. I love being able to find things and search new ideas. I get all of my news and most of my entertainment from the Internet. I use it to order books and redbush tea for Deus Ex Machina (because there's only one store around me that has it, and it costs a lot to buy it there). I love that the Internet gives me the option of shopping around ... without leaving my home.
But the Internet is a huge energy sucking monster, and even if we all gave up our cars (not likely) and learned to grow our own food, and saved all of our (alternative) energy to operate the server farms that power this vast network of computers, it's unlikely that there'd be enough.
And then there's the energy cost of manufacturing the equipment needed to access and maintain the Internet infrastructure (computers, etc).
Oh, and then, I guess we'd all need at least enough power in our homes to operate our computers so that we could access the Internet, because without people browsing it, it's ... well, it's a tree falling in the woods.
As we lose bits and pieces of the life we all take for granted, the thing I will regret losing most is this little window into worlds I might not otherwise have known.