Last Monday night, as Hurricane Sandy howled outside, we had just finished watching last night’s episode of The Walking Dead when there was a flash in the sky and the power went out. The vicarious glee of the Zombie Apocalypse—with its owl eating, gas hunting and lack of hot showers—was quickly replaced by living an actual lite version of it. I was semi-prepared to rough it for a few days—the lack of a battery radio being my great downfall—but what I wasn’t prepared for was the demonstration of how wedded to our electronic life we’ve become, as least if by “we” you mean Manhattanites of 2012. By now you’re all familiar with last week’s photos of anxious New Yorkers crowded around electrical outlets to charge their gadgets. A power strip became the soup canteen of the blacked out blocks, a resource to be shared and guarded. [Read more…]
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.