In the digital network age, the difference between fascism and freedom will be decided by who owns and controls the means of communication. Is it to be corporations (and by extension, governments) or is it to be us: individuals?
If we lose this one, the 2030s and 2040s won’t be like the 1930s and 1940s; they’ll be like the 1930s and 1940s amplified by the full destructive power of a hundred years of exponential increase in technological capability.
@aral This is going to hit even harder than mass media did. People were not really prepared for the power of Volksempfänger and TV Propaganda either.
@aral How do we take the means away from trillion-dollar corporations and governments? To win, we have to make the conflict unprofitable for them, but nothing we've tried so far has worked.
@aral And there won't be any external super-power riding to the rescue (although that much destruction... does not entirely merit the term).
@aral well, didn't someone already predict that the world would be dominated by cyborgs ( a.k.a technology )?
Even though that was a partial pun, it's not far away though.
@aral good news is the algorithms think i live in Brooklyn because i google yiddish a lot, so right now they're really really terrible
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