Originally posted by Rezlooper
Originally posted by cybro
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an
arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive..."
So true! But, I believe now our communications are much better and we'll all know what's going on. Then, it will be up to us what we do about it,
and I'm almost certain that if it came to it where they began going door to door for our guns, we won't stand idly by. This IMO is the only way
that actual civil war could ever happen, is when they actually try to take people's guns. It won't happen. Gun sales are breaking all records
right now because every sane thinking American knows they may try to pass laws to stop sales and make it very difficult to get a gun, so get them now!
As far as coming to take them away...Good Luck!
I disagree regarding the speed of communication. Speed has only brought centralization and lack of control by the individual. We think twitter and
Facebook are tools under our control, but - aside from being muddled by frivolous nonsense, and aside from any idiot being able to hold equal
attention of the public's "ear" - they are run by private companies that operate over a handful of carriers' networks. Those carriers are not
beholden to the people, they are beholden to share holders and first and foremost to the Government due to regulations.
Lets also not forget that huge information vacuum out in Utah that is scheduled to go online this upcoming year. This will certainly facilitate
control as it will be the epitome of centralization. Speed has grown exponential, and with it so has slight of hand. By that, I mean the myriad of
technologies developed in just the last few years that allow computers to spy undetected, recognize images, video and audio, make inconspicuous
changes to images, video, or audio, track people in multiple ways, and even facilitate one person's ability to act as many in social networks.
No, speed has become nearly instant and as a result, individual control has gone down to zero. Before any argument brings up the amount of
personalization in Internet communications, it should be pointed out that, for the most part, not that many people can see what any given person says,
and on the off chance that it does go viral, it's somebody's cat playing the piano or a very adept sports move. Random people convey mostly banal
thoughts, humor and personal issues online to their connected ones (friends, followers, fans, etc), of which not all actually see the message and of
those that can, they do not.
As individuals, we still see ourselves in control of our message, and, for the most part we are! But freedom of speech is not meant only for artistic
expression or personal narratives. When it counts, you will see how much control you have...
Voice only - absolute certainty your message will be transmitted - but, takes a long time to walk all the way to your listeners
Telling someone - loss of control to a middle man to convey your message (telephone game) - but, saves time for spread of message.
Printed word (letters, newsprint) - sometimes words on paper can be ambiguous, there's no chance to clarify if they don't understand - but it
reaches more people faster
Internet networks - people can clarify, but messages can also be boggled, less authenticity of the sender than before, and someone can easily alter a
message and hijack it - but speed of message is instant.