How does the internet cross the ocean? — The Media Show


Weena: Hello Internets! Erna: Hello! Weena: A number of you are asking the Internets:
How does the Internet cross the ocean? Erna: A very good question. And we have decided
we will enlist our interns to help answer it. Interns! Interns: Yes Miss Erna and Miss Weena? Erna: Two of you are going to go on a magic
adventure to figure out how the Internet crosses the ocean Interns: (clamor) Erna: You annnnnnd you! Weena: OK, Intern #1! Intern: Yes, Weena? Weena: We’re sending you on an all-expenses-paid
cruise across the Atlantic. Here are your tickets. Intern: *gasps* Erna: Intern #2? Intern #2 (haughtily): My name is Theodora. Erna: We’re flushing you down the toilet. Intern #2: WHAT?! Erna: Our motives will shortly become clear.
You see, the Internet crosses the ocean through a seeeries of underwater tuuuubes. Intern #1: But this is a dumpy working ship,
not a cruise liner? Weena: Bon voyage! Weena: Bon *umph!* voyage! Weena: Basically, a ship carrying cable starts
off from shore, unrolling the spool onto the sea floor. They keep it straight using floats
and a machine that fixes it to the ocean floor. Like this. Weena: The first cable that crossed the Atlantic
was laid in 1858. Erna: Wow, those cables are old! Is THAT why
my animes take so long to download from Japan? Weena: Noooo no no no. If we were still using
those old things, you would get like one tweet a day. Via telegram. They lay new cables all
the time now. But sometimes they get damaged. Like, sometimes ships drop an anchor on a
cable and cut off part of the Internet. Weena: Japan’s fine. There’s lots of cable
connections to Japan — they have what’s called redundancy. Erna: I love you, The Internet! Weena: But some places in Africa only have
a few connections. So when I’m trying to raise awareness for issues there, news from
the front lines could be easily cut off. When there were protests in Egypt, some shady characters
were caught trying to cut the cable. Jean-Claude Van Damme: (martial arts screaming) Weena: And one time the cable was even attacked
by sharks! Erna: How do they keep that from happening? Weena: They actually wrapped the cables in
Kevlar, that bulletproof stuff. Really, though, cables don’t get cut often. Or, like, shot
at? Erna: So it’s not even satellites, like
I thought. When I watch my anime, it’s swimming through the water, not flying through the
air. Weena: Yep, mostly only cell phone traffic
goes by satellite. Most of the stuff crossing the ocean goes through the cable. Erna: So now we know. The Internet, while
crossing the ocean, really does go through a series of tubes. Weena: Ah, welcome back, #1. How was it? Intern #1: Intern is tanned and rested. And
has done the world a service by ensuring Internets connections! Weena: And how about you, Intern #2? Theodora: My name… is Theodora…. Erna: Well done, Theodora. We will credit
you in our Kickstarter. Theodora: Ugh. Weena: I’m hungry. Erna: Let us attack this plate of spaghetti,
with the fervor of sharks attacking Internet tubes. Intern #1: Yay! No more cardboard soup for
Intern! Weena: Cardboard spaghetti, tho. Erna and Weena: NYAM NYAM NYAM Intern #1: *sighs* Jean-Claude Van Damme: Do you like sushi?

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