On Monday night, the social networking and bloggosphere was awash with talk about a ‘docudrama’ created and shown on Channel 4 called ‘Blackout‘. Based on the premise that Britain’s National Grid has been the victim of a cyber attack and that the entire supply of electricity in the UK had been cut off, the focus of the program was to show what effects such a situation would have on day-to-day life. We had heard about this program the week before, and we had put the feelers out on our last newsletter for people to tune in.
Armed with the Twitter hashtag ‘#blackout‘, businesses and consumers took to their social networks to discuss their thoughts and also their fears in regards to what they were watching.
The program in our eyes did a good job of focusing on the effects that a blackout can have on a community, or in this case a nation. What was interesting about ‘Blackout’ was that they had clearly thought about the domino effect that a prolonged power outage can have. Scenarios and situations that you would not have thought of, but when thinking about it rationally, become perfectly plausible situations.
The drama part of the program focused on a family man who was very prepared for a situation such as this, but what he had not counted on was the unpreparedness of others and the knock on effect that would have on his life. Instead of him being able to cocoon himself, he was inevitably sucked into the perils and chaos that had descended on the masses all over Great Britain.
Now, we know this was a television show. We know that although our perspective allows us to view this as a warning and a wake-up-call to many about how prepared they are if viagra in usa a situation like this were to come around.
From our point of view, we have been quite active in discussions based on the scenarios depicted by ‘Blackout’ for some time now. A large part of our business involves talking to people who need to be prepared for the outcomes that many had not envisaged. We are in the backup generator business and we hear about these kinds of things all day, every day.
The fact of the matter is, the threat of blackouts such as those dramatised by Channel 4 are far from being the work of a few paranoid filmmakers.
Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator released a report last year that if we continue to use energy in the same way as we do now without changing our behaviours on consumption, or attitude towards renewable energies, the shortfall left would create the need for rolling blackouts in the UK.
The BBC reported this at the time: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19842401, but since then the escalation of our insatiable appetite and reliance on electricity has meant that we could run out even sooner. Again, this was reported by the Guardian only in June. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/jun/27/risk-power-blackouts-ofgem
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If nothing else, we’re glad a show like ‘Blackout’ was commissioned and shown, as it did highlight the very real issues linked to what is now a very real threat to the way we live our lives. If you want to make your own mind up, then we recommend you to watch again on 4oD. The link is here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/blackout/4od
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