What Would Happen if Western Civilization Came to a Halt...A short excerpt from James Burke's 1970's TV series, "Connections." No copyright infringement intended. Fair use as historical study noted. WARNING: Images from the 1965 blackout in New York City may be disturbing to some. These images capture people from that event who chose the criminal activity of looting. No specific inference is being drawn against any socio-ethnic group by this inclusion. The key, however, is that IF society were to break down to a significant level. certain knowledge and skill-sets could become obsolete in such a post-modern society.