“The Revolution Shall Not Be Digitized”…
“If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it.
Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.
That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation”
— Thomas Jefferson, in his letter penned to Isaac MacPherson.
The phenomona goes by many names – Ideas, Thought, Memes… but as Shakespeare has pointed out, A rose by any name would smell as sweet.
Perhaps it is because of this, that with every advent of new technologies that improves the spread of ideas, there is a significant paradigm shift. That “ideas” with its new found vector spreads across the wider community infecting all the minds that it touches, minds with no effective defense or immunity.
Just as the printing press made ideas readily available further than the speed of information travel via word of mouth – and telegraph enabled ideas to jump across the continents – radio communication allowed ideas to span the seas – and Television spreading not just ideas by sound but more convincingly by sight.
The Internet is the latest choice of the spread of ideas – by surpassing previous mediums by sound, sight and at faster speeds and farther reaches…. I am eagerly watching to see the paradigm shift that will occur from this new medium. Or perhaps just as the spoken word poet Gill Scott-Heron said about Television, that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – this age, it is “The Revolution Will Not Be Digitized” and that it is already amongst us and we are only just slowly realizing it.
Posted on facebook 5th December 2012