NBCs “Revolution” Shows Life after An Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

What would the life in the United States look like if the continent were hit by an electromagnetic pulse EMP? The new TV show Revolution from producer J.J. Abrams, launching on NBC in the fall, is seeking to answer the question.The show portrays life in the United States 15 years after an EMP disables all electronics.

Life as we know it changes forever; militias and warlords rule the society, which has to provide for itself without the help of all the electronic devices we know today. Such a scenario is not as unlikely as it might appear. The congressionally mandated EMP Commission Report stated that an EMP “has the capability to produce significant damage to critical infrastructures and thus to the very fabric of US society, as well as to the ability of the United States and Western nations to project influence and military power.”

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