The Blackout

Daria NepriakhinaDaily prompt: Life After Blogs. Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

Dear love,

I’m running out of paper and there’s nothing left at the store, so I’ll have to keep it short. It’s been exactly three weeks since our computers first went out, and the government has finally announced it’s first arrangements, or at least the first that I know of. They gave out a newspaper-like brochure because that’s the only thing they can do right now. I guess there’s going to be therapy provided for those in need, but I don’t think I will go. They also said there are going to be special arrangements for those who had jobs that heavily involved a computer before The Blackout, like my dad did. That’s good news actually, so maybe he won’t lose his income after all.

It’s just all so crazy. How we went from calling and Skyping each other to writing letters that take two weeks to deliver – maybe even longer now that the post office obviously is working overtime. I miss you, and I miss being able to just call you up. So many people are saying that they took technology for granted when they had it, and how much they miss it now. Me included although I like how quiet it is sometimes.

The world is much slower right now. Some went crazy when their computers and smartphones died. They’re calling it ‘The Blackout’ which I think is a good name for it. Some love it, like your grandmother. But she doesn’t have anyone dear to her living far away, like you and I do. Many think the government is behind all this, or God. I feel like conspiracy theories are more alive than ever, and I don’t blame them. The people just need an explanation for all of this to keep themselves sane.

I’m going to read a book now and mail this tonight. There is a bunch of stuff we need to mail out actually, just like everyone else. I hope you’re doing alright and I hope to hear from you soon.

Lots of love,

Photo taken by Daria Nepriakhina (via


3 thoughts on “The Blackout

  1. I occasionally unplug from online having had slow or no internet for so long….it is good to read and watch nature …don’t have satellite or smart phone maybe I do my own blackout something 🙂


    1. Oh, definitely! I think it’s interesting to imagine what it would be like if computers (and more importantly, the internet) would suddenly be taken away from people and how they would react. – I’m sure not everyone would think it’s survivable (anymore), although it is. 🙂


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