I’m a fan of Stephen King. He wrote a book called The Stand that is awesome. As the infrastructure of the world slowly breaks down, one of the characters quotes Yeats, “The center does not hold.” What this means is, if something has a structure, and if that structure requires a single piece to maintain itself, as more stress comes to that center, that center reaches a breaking point. The center does not hold… everything together.
The Internet was designed to solve this very real problem.