'SKYNET Wi-Fi HOTSPOT'
Within the wider globalised world, the web exists as a constant , consistent and ubiquitous phenomenon (facility?). Readily accessible and all-encompassing, the web has afforded the means to transcend not only national boundaries, geographical boundaries and/or limitations of ‘real’ space and time but has also given rise to the ‘post- internet’ condition (i.e. one in which the internet becomes much less a novelty and in fact more a banality☠) - significantly altering and influencing contemporary culture and society alike.
Proposing an intriguing alternative (contrast) however, New Zealand finds itself occupying the role of part-time “post-internet” participant. Subjected to the realities of geographical isolation coupled with the reliance/dependence of the whole nation on a single undersea cable for net capabilities, New Zealand is situated at a mid point between the internet as novelty and mundane necessity. Restricted by financial and temporal limitations, to name but a few, internet access becomes that of a finite resource creating a schism between the potentials of online life and offline reality as users float in and out of the ‘post-internet’ condition accordingly. We understand the internet, and partake in its possibilities, but there is that point in the month where net usage eclipses the designated amount of gigabytes purchased.
Boom. Back to dial up.
It is here that ‘SKYNET Wi-Fi HOTSPOT’,(as a privately run internet service point provides net usage to personal/individual computers), offers itself as a mode(m) by which to discuss the very condition of the ‘post-internet’ as it exists in New Zealand.
By Nicky and Dylan
☠ Vierkant Artie, ‘The Image Object Post-Internet’, 2010, pp. 2.