With streams of video footage and heartbreaking pictures pouring out of the Ukraine and Venezuela, politicians who choose to rule by force and coercion should nota bene: Syria. Libya. Tunisia. Ukraine. Venezuela. These revolutions will be live-tweeted. They will be live-streamed from cell-phone cameras. The revolution will be televised.
The explosive growth of mobile communications technology in the last decade has made this possible and the forces of institutional coercion still living in the 20th century have not caught up to this, except maybe North Korea, where I think it is still 1950 throughout. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Tumblr. YouTube. Vimeo. The revolution will be televised.
And the explosive growth of these technologies has allowed humans as a whole to overcome traditional communications barriers. Why trust a translated news report that picks and chooses what you hear and learn when you can bear witness to scenes of life in chaos? It is easier to experience an emotion by witnessing than it is by reading or listening to a watered-down version of events as seen by the eyes of a reporter who may or may not have an institutional bias. The revolution will be televised.
So, completely against the paranoid conservative rhetoric of our nation, against those who state we are living in Orwell’s 1984, and against those who state that we have no access to information, I state: we have endless access to information. The government is losing control of information access. Some cope and adjust. Others combat and repress. People don’t watch cable news in the quantities as they used to. For all my whinging about Fox News, they are losing viewers. Don’t trust. Witness. Because the revolution will be televised.