This is another sequel to an early story of mine from back in july 2009:
The day after Google went down, civilization collapsed. Even people who’d never heard of Google were affected.
Information stopped flowing.
People lost things and got lost themselves.
Finding things by yourself was just too big a chore.
In the end, people only needed to learn to find one thing:
Another boring day at the office. Same old dreadfully tedious numbers.
Except when there’s a discrepancy, in which case it’s the same old procedure, even if the moment of discovery is exciting for about a second.
As my cubicle neighbor starts to sneeze uncontrollably, I login to my auditor’s account.
The sage said, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life!”
The customer service rep said, “Teach a man how to fish, he’ll ask you how to hunt, next. Then, he’ll ask you how fishing works, again.”