The internet has really grown since I first had access to it in 1992. It’s a completely different medium from that point in time. I believe I had a 1400 baud modem, and no picture capability. Just the old green screen.
Now, my wireless has the typical 5-54 Mega Baud rate, and so many features that weren’t even thought of a mere 17 years ago. Or even the 10 years (approx) since photography and video were available to the general public.
It has grown from a medium in which it was ridiculed by college professors, to one in which they now embrace as a tool to reach more students. More minds. One in which the traditional media’s stranglehold on information is being loosened at an incredibly high and exponential rate. It is driven by a youth more learned in it’s use and application than those individuals who are the foundations of our modern society. And it frightens the prevailing power structures in all aspects of our global society. It challenges the status quo, and dismembers it at every opportunity.
It is a viral growth, no center, no edge, just an endless out-growth of seemingly patternless avenues of information. And mis-information. Yet, the abundance of information accessible through powerful search engines helps to ensure some accuracy, by self-check through other sources on the internet and traditional primary resources, and encourages far greater changes in how we view events. This is part of why the dominant sources of information remain afraid of the internet. An internet dominated by traditionally rebellious youth.
Yet, these new pioneers are not as prone to violence as the traditional sources of communication’s owners have demonstrated themselves in their government models they’ve (and I mean we in the sense that all of us have encouraged their stranglehold on information by using them and validating them) lorded over the population. Just look at the condemnation of policies which kill or otherwise destroy hundreds of millions of lives. It is a peaceful revolution. Perhaps the first in history. A revolution with teenagers at it’s helm; if it were to actually have any one person guiding it. It is a marvelous revolution.
It is a revolution which has brought the dark world of corruption and greed to the fore-front of the news. Not the traditional media, though they are slowly catching on, but the news that an ever-increasing segment of the population is accessing. It is toppling regimes as we speak; regimes built upon censorship and tyranny. Regimes which control virtually every nation on earth.
When one looks at the amount of input on the Obama administration’s website, one might be inclined to think the internet population, comprised mostly of the youth of today, as being apathetic to politics. This is clearly not the case, and takes little effort to prove by the abundance of web-sites devoted to politics of all sorts. It is instead, a measure of how irrelevant this government model has become to the majority of the population.
We are entering a depression, one in which our currency is collapsing. One in which government is attempting to extend it’s tentacles into every aspect of our lives. One in which the traditional methods of government are viewed as irrelevant, at best. At worst, it is viewed as tyrannical. Most appear to believe the worst. And for good reason. It is.
Soon, the internet should develop an awareness of it’s own power. A power that can end tyranny of the majority by a minority. A minority motivated by an unquenchable thirst for money and power. A minority which is finally being uncovered by the seemingly infinite peeks into the hows and whys of government and it’s effects upon our individual quests for knowledge, self-rule, and peace.
The introduction of the Gutenberg printing press in Europe, in 1450, took 300 years to produce the Age of Revolutions. It appears that we are going to have the same effect in under twenty years with the internet. As long as we can keep the lines of communication open, it should be a peaceful revolution. However, government has consistently attacked keeping these lines of communication open. Government has consistently acted in a self-destructive manner in it’s approach to this medium. It is afraid, and rightly so.
Our government has consistently abused each and every power it has granted itself. That is the nature of all governments. It is no less true now, than when the founding fathers wrote the Constitution. However, it is far more difficult for the people to remain unaware of the abuses of government. At least when it comes to the youth of America. My generation, I am 48, and those before me, are much easier to fool. But we are passing on. The youth are just coming onto their own. I have great hope they will create a far more liberating government model than we have.
This form of government we presently subscribe to is falling. It’s indifference to the needs of the common person is being met with indifference by the common person. It has become irrelevent to the youth of today. It’s laws despised and ignored. Totaltarianism is being rejected and fought on countless web-sites. And it’s fast becoming aware of it’s own poewr.
Once this power reaches conscious awareness among a certain percentage of it’s users, we will witness, and become part of, multiple paradign shifts in our approach to government. Models unknown or unworkable in the past, will rise and fall with speeds resembling the chaos feared by the previous generations of governments and it’s victims. The victims being a government’s citizens. These should be interesting times indeed.
Rev. Jim Lunsford
First Cannabist Church
Ultimately, it is up to each person to save themselves. And the world as well. We are all responsible and accountable. How will your actions be judged?