Originally posted by JAK
Or is this just a by-product of the interenet? Is it just happy co-incidence that this [relatively] new technology might, although undeniably being a
great medium for the spreading of ideas, be a pacifier as concerns real world action? Like a child who gleams a sense of achievement from the fantasy
world of computer games after sitting in a chair for 2 hours, does the internet give a false sense of satisfaction that we have played our political
ideals out, helped the world as we see it and done 'our bit'
Am I contributing to this lack of action by posing the question and trying to get people involved here?
I would say the internet provides an outlet for political angst, that otherwise might come to a boiling point involving...many deaths.
For me it provides direct access to my senators, congressman, assemblyman, and governor, even the department of motor vehicles. So instead of raging
$6.00 an hour clerk, I can write, edit, re-edit a powerful message to the people who actually have the position to change things.
Forums such as this help me to answer the question "What the hell is wrong with people?" with the response "its not all people, just the idiots".
If I just watched TV or read the papers, it would appear that this whole world is just full of walking talking anal passages. But the internet lets me
see there are thinking, feeling, and active people sometimes moving to make a difference.
Making a big
difference is really not in the hands of most of us.
I would say the majority of internet users aren't very wealthy, maybe a month or two of unemployment away from no internet, no home, no food. Sure if
they gave up the net
for a year or two they would have a few thousand bucks to spend on...rising gas prices or something.
But not enough to make a great socio-political wave roll over the masses.
What can we do physically? Marching in protest on the streets has had absolutely no effect
on the government circus, they think its some
training camp for their rooftop snipers and intellegence photographers. The media will always pick out the craziest guy in the crowd for a
Can we raise arms? No, that is now labeled "terrorism" under the Patriot Act, with a punishment of unlimited incarceration without a jury trial or
seeing a judge, or defense council.
So much for a show of force.
For many action is limited to the fact that those who wish for action have mothers, fathers, wives, husbands and children to worry about. They can not
sacrifice the safety of others for the cause they believe in, because they simply can't say "i'm going about my selfless cause, by being a selfish
The options for changing the course of human self destruction are becoming as limited
as a cancer patients options for treatment.
[edit on 2-7-2005 by Legalizer]