I’m depressed now. I just read an article about electronic voting machines and concerns about their security. This particular article concerned the security of companies that hire themselves out to test the security of electronic voting machines. Where does it end?
I see a huge collision coming, and it frightens me. We are ushering in new technologies that are enriching our lives in amazing ways. But they also have the affect of breaking down many of the walls that we have relied on for millenniums that protect us from our wildness. Our children go forth into a world, exposed and accessible to people we do not know. Our democratic way of government is in jeopardy. Our very identities are threatened.
I’m not being a luddite. I believe that these connecting and enriching technologies are essential to us as thriving and progressing societies. But as connective / wall-shattering technologies continue to advance, our wildness continues to be a part of who we are and how we think.
Mobile phones are giving us access to that which is almost unspeakable, as evidenced by the recent release of video from Saddam Hussein’s execution — and I have to admit my on morbid fascination. I watched it — and became nearly sick. But I watched it.
I worry about a world without walls with people who continue to fear, hate, and want pain — and to be fascinated by fear, hate, and pain. I fear an enormous collision between a connected world and a world that is so afraid. I guess this is why I keep ranting that ethics must be a part of what we consider basic literacy skills. But this is not nearly enough.
How do we heal a wild world — in time?
Sorry, just venting. I may remove this blog entry at any moment!
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