I have always thought of what would happen if an alien civilization viewed television. When I was young, I remember being fascinated at the fact radio and television waves were passing through space at that very moment. What would an alien race think of our TV shows? What sort of first impression would we be giving?
I recently read about the possibility of sending the entire Internet into space to contact an alien civilization. I first thought of the amazing possibilities and the speed of sharing our world with another. Then, for some reason, I thought of all the insane videos, photos, blogs, etc. on the Internet. This led me to paraphrase the words of the English King in the movie “Braveheart” and think, “The mere sight of the Internet might only encourage the alien civilization to take over the entire planet.”
All joking aside, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute) has for years been listening for signals in space. If we heard something, I had always wondered what the protocol would be for responding. If this story is correct, I suppose we now have an idea of how any response from Earth would occur.
Check out the story for yourself and see what you think.