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TEOTWAWKI


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"And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength."
                                                              Revelations, 1,16

It would be read “ti-oh-taua-hi” and it reminds me of the titles of Gaugain’s Tahitian paintings. Strange and exotic, the new word means: The End of the World As We Know It. There was a scene, amazing by its intensity, in Francis Ford Copola’s “Apocalypse now” : the helicopter attack over a Vietnamese village on Wagner’s Walkiries. The scene is fierce and you feel like coiling up in your chair, while waiting for a bullet to blow your retina away. Teotwawki is a gentle acronym, the world is about to die in front of you, it will smilingly pass away and nothing will blow away, visually or acoustically.

There are few people that can escape the trap of routine. Among the impressive number of science fiction writers, there are only few who are coming with something new into the reality and even fewer who can think (and not in all of their books) in terms other than those one can find daily. We could provide explanations for it but it is our point here. During this end of millenium, which is less submitted to the millenium movements than the previous ones, the Internet is bringing up an Apocalypse that is intruding every moment into our way of perception and reasoning. The daily reality, which is more or less stressing, has not basically changed. One cannot say it is different. As a matter of fact, we improved the speed and we are working better. The computers’ era was the beginning of the information’s implication as a force equal to the nuclear one. The telecommunications make now possible ever more connections. The Internet is not making a mere upgrade, but it is changing the world from its bases.

Some of the Internet’s implications in this form – still primary – had already been discussed. We shall do the same with other implications as soon as they will be known. But we still cannot realize how much will stay in value out of which we know now and one cannot be sure whether the education is something completely different from what we can think now. The effort of willingness is tremendous and it is not available to everyone. Cutting with the past is very difficult, if not sometimes impossible. I want to forget some words and to create new ones instead. Or maybe there won’t be any need for words? All we need to know is whether the end of the world that we know means our end as well.

“ And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon”(Revelations 9,11) Should this be the Internet?

Dan Iancu

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