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Information Revolutions Precede Social Revolutions: 3

October 13, 2010 8 comments

Have a look at this clip of MLKs last speech before his assassination. Do you now realize why MLK became far more powerful after his assassination.

While some whites will protest that he “plagiarized” or “slept with white women” or was a “communist”, how many “non-plagiarizing” “scholarly” passive-aggressive whites would be prepared to die for what they believed in?

Would recording and viewing this clip have been possible in an older era (pre-1950s)? Does viewing this clip change your opinion about MLK?

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Information Revolutions Precede Social Revolutions: 2

October 13, 2010 2 comments

Let me explain the concept proposed in the previous part of this series with a famous example- The Zapruder Film.

Prior to the mid 1950s, ownership of personal movie cameras (ye old style camcorders) was restricted to the rich and obsessed. However post-ww2 prosperity and technology made 8mm movie cameras a fairly affordable and widespread occurrence.

Ask yourself one question- could the beginning of widespread american disillusionment with their “elites” have occurred without such clips, photos, recordings along with the means to record and transmit them?

Think about it.

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Information Revolutions Precede Social Revolutions: 1

October 13, 2010 7 comments

CONservatives and many other educated morons seem to believe that “things never really change”. While they may deny this if you phrase the question bluntly, their actions and ideologies speak otherwise. Pretty much every ideology, CONservative, LIEbral etc is based on the assumption of a never-changing world. This does not imply that such primitive models of the world do not factor in the possibility of any change. However they model change as predictable, reversible, linear, exponential, cyclic and do not involve system evolution or metamorphosis. Experience suggests that changes are neither predictable, reversible, linear, exponential or cyclic.


The nature and direction of change is random and unpredictable.

Having said that, there is one meta-factor that affects the rate of change- The speed, amount, ease of information creation, dissemination and exchange.

Consider human history-

1] Was Civilization possible without the written word?

2] Was the ‘Renaissance’ and ‘Age of Discovery’ possible without the printing press? Was it the not widespread adoption of the printing press which gave the west its most important edge over others?

3] Why did the development of faster/ cheaper printing in the 1820s come just before the first stage of the industrial revolution?

4] Why did the adoption of even better printing technologies and the telegraph occur just before the start of the second stage of the industrial revolution (1850s-1860s)?

5] Why did the widespread use of typewriters, telegraphs, personal printing technologies (mimeographs, local telephony, radio occur near the beginning of the third stage of the industrial revolution in the 1910-20s?

I can give even more recent examples but it just provides more support to my hypothesis-

It is the availability, speed, access to newer and better modes of creating, spreading, accessing information (or content) that determine the speed of system evolution.

The reasoning behind my hypothesis is-

In a complex evolving system, more decentralized information = more changes, possibilities and adaptations which in turn can increase information flow (and decentralization). Will write more about this concept in a future post on this topic.

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