Facebook, Wikileaks, Only in the 21st Century…
Last updated on March 18th, 2017 at 11:17 pm
The gadget savvy will agree that the unveiling of iPad2 by Apple founder Steve Jobs, was not only an indication of the stiff competition in the tablet market, but also an event marking the times.
The fact that Steve Jobs broke his medical leave, gathered his strengths to undertake a ritual that he has performed with the predecessors to the new design, faster, camera enabled iPad2 is testament to the strides that science has made in the recent past.
|Tsunami of The 21st Century by Katsushika Hokusai via flickr|
Moreover, as inspiring as Steve Job’s battle with pancreatic cancer is, with the rolling out of another tool that could just as be important to the times as stone was to the Paleo-Meso-Neolithic man- the ivy league college dropout re-inked his name among the most influential people of this 21st century.
Tablets are all about the convenience of the internet admixed with the benefits of portability, enabled by the endless possibilities of the microchip. To some, Tablets mark the death of the personal computer while to others, Tablets represent the Homo sapiens stage of the mobile gadget evolution.
Moreover, this latest Apple gadget , alongside with its cousins such as the Samsung Galaxy tab and their descendants yet to come; all which are premised on availing the internet ‘on the go’ could transform the world just as the 1450 Johannes Gutenberg invention.
More so, if recent events are anything to go by, there is no telling this 21st Century. Sample this:
The drive to put Jullian Assange- the face of what has been termed as an all new form of media- behind bars is in full vigor. The fact that the voluminous nature of the Wikileaks classified cables has failed to water down its importance- as dictated by the natural laws of scarcity- serves to illuminate an assault on free speech by the so called leaders of the free world; so say the defenders of Wikileaks and its founder.
Not only is the product (read: website) so authoritative, as evidenced by the liberal quoting of the Wikileaks website as The Source of news by all and sundry in the news business; the contents of the leaks also happen to ruffle the feathers of all the big men. Right from the leaders of superpowers to strongmen lording over smaller chieftains.
Toxic leaks seeping into the self styled systems that prop up these strongmen, confirming truths that had been swept under the carpet,disguised as conspiracy theories and spoken only in hushed tones; as the now declassified information caused upsets in the delicate homeostasis of ill balanced societies.
Either someone was unbelievably careless or an overzealous someone led to the spill of gossip of the political class to the masses. The aftermath of such high level error of omission and/or commission, is a full scale world war. The battle ground is what military war strategists call the fourth medium- Information; effectively representing a shift from air, land and sea as it was the case in WW1 and WW2.
Websites perceived to be anti- Wikileaks are being hacked and jammed. The victims of these acts label such acts as grand schemes of Cyber crime while the accused see themselves as Revolutionaries rather than Rebels. This, only in the 21st Century!
The Internet Empowers the people?
For so long, the Arab world has been perceived to be ground infertile for the seeds of human rights and personal freedoms to blossom. To blame for this blanket condemnation that by its own accord lays the ground for further discrimination and persecution of a people is not Islam rather than Islamophobia.
The unfilial rulers of the Arab world, blind and deaf to the cries of their people , enjoyed the graces of their harshest critics and presumed perpetrators of this irrational fear of Islam. Sample this, not so long ago, now public enemy No 1 Col Muammah Gaddafi was being praised for turning over a new leaf; the last standing Pharaoh- Hosni Mubarak played host to Pres. Obama; and so forth.
With the Shepard keen to wine and dine with the fox, the sheep had no where to turn to. No where to run to.
Blood spilled by those meant to protect the citizens- in direct perversion of the primary role of any state- soaked the earth. The unlucky were soon popping lilies up. The lucky saw their family lines broken by blows to the nether areas in dark torture caves, while through holes drilled into the ground black gold flowed.
Then comes the year of the rabbit and unlike the mild nature of the animal, robust revolts spring one after the other. I dare claim that never before since the birth of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 has there been in such scale and vvvv a fight for human rights. It’s been said that the facilitator in many of the uprisings rocking the Arab world has been socialmedia- Facebook, Twitter, You tube.
Thanks to internet and mobile gadgets, the desert is nee to oasis of human rights. Though it is yet to be seen whether these springs of life are mere seasonal downpours, there is no denying the precedent set by what must be the most unlikely of regions of the world on matters of this regard. This, only in the 21st Century…
Chile Mine rescue
68 days in the belly of the earth, a host of engineering firsts, 33 miners, 21hrs and 44mins; and you have a modern day miracle. On these accounts, the Chile mine rescue operation of October 2010 opened new doors for humanity. Every minute of the happenings at San Jose was telecast live on major news stations to millions of witnesses.
More importantly, in spreading the joy and sharing the relief of those whose loved ones had been swallowed by the earth, the Chile mine rescue is The Event of The Internet. That 21st October, the multitude of humanity keen to be part of this great human story spiked internet traffic volumes to the highest ever seen in recent times.
If this story was one of courage in the face of adversity, will where there is no way, the important things in life notably the warmth of the embrace of family, an indication of the frontiers that humanity can reach if only all pulled together, through live streaming on websites such as ustream great lessons and inspiration was served to mankind on the go and simultaneously so to all corners of the globe. This, only in the 21st Century.
A movie that bagged several Oscars, the most visited website globally save for the google homepage. 500 million users, 2010Time Person Of the Year award and by some estimates, $65 billion worth. All in under a decade. There are mega corporations. And there are mega corporations. Enough siad. This, only in the 21st Century