Facebook have led the way for the Social Media Revolution. I’m not talking about a revolution in the communications industry – nope! I’m talking about helping overthrow governments…
Totalitarianism Society? Yikes!
What are you talking about, Sean? You can’t mention overthrowing governments! Well, it has happened throughout history and it will keep happening. After a while, Democracy turns into Fascism with a taste of Communism – and some Totalitarianism to boot. It’s not necessarily what the people want but after a while governments forget that they are elected by the people – for the people. When they start locking citizens up and imposing ludicrous laws (and taxing everything except breathing air), then the people start getting a bit annoyed with their elected leaders.
…and in some countries this leads to a revolution. A change of government.
Examples of well known Totalitarian leaders from the past: Adolph Hitler & Joseph Stalin… (there are current world leaders that I better leave off this list)
Joseph Stalin forced Millions of Russians to relocate from the countryside to the cities, pre WWII, to turn Russia into an industrial nation. If you check the law of your own country, you will most likely notice that your government has got the right to do exactly the same with you, like it or not! That is a taste of Totalitarianism…
And that famous little Austrian dude with the Charlie Chaplin moustache, I’m sure you’ve heard of him too. You know, the one that Britain, France and Italy gave their approval to take the outskirts of Czechoslovakia in 1938 to expand Germany’s borders. Oh dear! Maybe the “good guys” should have invited the Czechoslovakian leader to the table before signing the papers.
Who Are The Good Guys?
Having been brought up in a family who lived in occupied territory in WWII, I have heard a few stories that will turn your stomach inside out – atrocities from both sides of the fence. Totalitarian rule or so called Democracy, both sides left behind some gruesome stories. Fortunately for us, we have been spared of half of the bad stories, because after all, “History Is Written By The Victor“.
It seems, the very evil system that we are told our parents, grandparents and great grandparents were sent off to foreign lands to fight, governments are gradually imposing upon us. Isn’t that an insult to their memory? Isn’t that an insult to their sacrifice?
If you live in a society where you cannot do anything without the approval of local or federal government, where you have to produce an ID card when asked, can get locked up without justification or a trial, when they can change the elected leader without consulting the voters… then you may want to consider that your Democracy has been a fraction eroded into a scary George Orwell version of the future.
The Social Media Revolution
I have long maintained that governments will fall with the aid of social media. It is inevitable it happens. The single most powerful tool a government has to control is subjects (voters) is to restrict mass communication to a One Way System. This has been primarily through newspapers, radio and TV in the past. It has been extremely hard for the populations of a country to get their opinion across in masse, due to the control of mass media.
…until the arrival of Social Media and sites like Facebook.
I can go on and on with fact (and opinions) about this topic. I will get replies that I have my head buried in the sand or my head in the clouds, living in an illusion, etc… that social media is just another mass media controlled by governments. Well, I’m not so sure. Maybe it is. Most likely it isn’t. Sure, everything we say on Facebook is there to be watched by big brother. But what you do is your choice at the end of the day. That is after all freedom.
People Tell Leader: Walk Away, Like An Egyptian
Egypt is having some upheaval as I write this. Facebook was a major weapon in distributing the word for the people. Leaving politics out of this (After all, who am I to trust the media to tell me the truth on what’s REALLY happening – and why – across the other side of the world?), the proof is evident that the Egyptian government probably won’t be adding Facebook to their Christmas card list this year.
The irony is, that if you are a leader of a country and want to carry out evil acts on your subjects, make sure you are allied with the right nations. When a guy like Idi Amin got to pass away from old age in Saudi Arabia, living in luxury, one has to question who the hell the good guys really are? I suppose he served a good purpose for somebody in politics.
Long Live Social Media!
Social Media is here to stay. Some countries will ban it, but they cannot stop it. Globalisation means globalised communications. Borders are disappearing fast. As an internet marketer, I love the power of social media. I like the transparency and I like the fact that it, in many cases, brings out the truth from those that could hide under the Old Media System.
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