Asia's Wounded Web


Rescue workers sift through rubble after an earthquake hit southern Taiwan in December 2006, killing two people and disrupting telecommunications throughout Asia.

In tech-addicted Asia, even a day without Internet access can trigger withdrawal. "I am depressed, very much so," wrote a blogger who calls himself Hong Kong Phooey after a Dec. 26 earthquake disrupted telecommunications across a wide swath of Asia. "No online games for me," wrote Phooey, "cannot download any new songs for my new player, cannot access my fantasy football league, no YouTube, cannot read or write blogs, and cannot get on Xbox Live 360." Another Hong Konger, 32-year-old consultant Josh Tse, reported feeling "some pain, some hollowness" after he found himself unable to update his blog, Cha Xiu...

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