Constant test runs on the Outage Highway

On March 5, 2024, Meta’s outage exposed deep reliance on social media, as people panicked over Facebook and Instagram’s downtime. Elon Musk boasted about his platform’s stability, while the incident raised questions about our vulnerability without technology and the forgotten simplicity of old-fashioned alternatives. The mock seriousness hints at a society unprepared for a true crisis without electricity or social media.