Posted: Aug 31, 2018 7:40 am
by Hermit
jamest wrote:...my prediction is that social media will ultimately fuel a revolution whereby all bollocks (including religious) will be cut off. In the end there will be an elected leader of the people for the people. I sincerely hope that no experience of pain is involved, but history indicates that this is the likely outcome. Regardless, he or she won't be representing the USA, he or she will be representing the whole planet.

That's the future: One ruler for One planet.

Dream on. We have one ruler for this one planet already, but it's not a person. It's the global economy. The social media are owned and manipulated by it, not for the benefit of democracy or any other high-faluting ideal, but the bottom line. In principle the past will be like the future - haves lording it over the havenots. If the latter get anywhere near becoming unmanageable the internet will be restricted or cut off entirely. Here and there this is already happening on a national scale. In the future national borders won't matter. Nodes and access controls will.