I wasn’t crazy about the whole free wifi gimmick. Mainly because in the US, I have near to unlimited data for the month. However, when I traveled abroad, I realized how incredibly glorious that curved ascending bar signal on the outside of malls and restaurants can be. Free wifi saves lives. Even fictional lives. Here are 6 times when free wifi could have saved a fictional character’s life (and by life I obviously don’t mean their living, breathing soul or pumping heart).
1. The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien
Bowker: Man, these things we’re carrying are heavy.
Dobbins: How much longer do we have to keep trudging and plodding??
Lavender: I’m hungry.
Lieutenant Cross: Calm yourselves, men! O’ Brien, play the latest Serial episode for us. There are too many holes in Jay’s story and I’m interested in hearing the defense of his testimony.
And then the things they carried didn’t seem so heavy.
2. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Free wifi is why the family were able to hunt, domesticate wild animals, and build a tree house on an isolated tropical island despite being an 1800’s family from Switzerland. William just googled everything and Elizabeth is most certainly addicted to Pinterest.
3. 1984 by George Orwell
Free, Big-Brother-less, unlimited, wifi. A utopian dream in a dystopian world.
4. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
If Holden had free wifi, he could have easily and quickly looked up the definition of “phony” and maybe stopped using it so liberally.
5. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
If Manderley had free wifi, the protagonist could go on any desktop computer, sign in to Rebecca’s already logged in Gmail, find out what a true demon Rebecca was, and avoid all that is to come.