History is a story in the making. After the Roman Empire realized that they could not stem the tide of Christianity they adopted it as the state religion. For nearly two thousand years the rise of this new religion spread throughout Europe and the Middle East. Then came the second act, the British Empire. For a while, the sun never set and God Save the Queen was the motto. The British ruled the land, the sea, and the trade. Toward the end of the 18th century a new power developed called the Industrial Revolution. People started making things. Machines, trains, planes, automobiles, electronic devices, factories, and such. Today, right now, the Fourth Paradigm Shift has already started and has shown no signs of weakness. The information age, the internet, the screens, have all but taken over. Social Media, Network News, the Internet, and your smart phone have changed everything, everything. Mega-Tech companies such a Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon has all but eclipsed most governments with respect to revenue. In fact, these corporations represent a new found power unlike anything in history. Never has so much money been concentrated in the hands of so few. What you hear, what you see, what you think, everything, is now being funneled through the siphon of Mega-Tech. He/she who controls this network, controls the world. Make no mistake about it. In the last five years we have witnessed entire governments fall due to this influence. Remember Libya? Remember Egypt? Syria? ...and Iran is holding onto power, barely. Last month this country, Iran, had to shut down social media in order to prevent a revolution. So, the question is this. Who controls Social Media? Mark Zuckerberg? Bill Gates? Tim Cook? Another question concerns the relationship between governments and the so-called Mega-Tech companies. Just how much influence does the U.S., the European Union, or Chinese governments have over these companies? Just who is in charge? The government? The CEOs? Today, a political spectrum inside the United States uses Network Media to control nearly 90% of what you can watch on the television. These companies own over 85% of all the local networks across the country. Not only is this not fair, it is an illegal monopoly. Just as the robber barons of the early twentieth century had to be curtailed, i.e. Standard oil, these Mega-Tech monsters must also be reigned in. Just how much power should they have? Just what should they tell you what to think? All I can say is this... This Fourth Revolution through the monopoly of controlling information is unlike anything anyone could of imagined. Google tracks my email. Facebook tracks who I talk to. Twitter lets me tweet, but remembers everything I say. As millions of young people grow up with a smartphones in their hands it remains to be seen where they will go. Will they go an become mindless minions like sheep to slaughter, become self absorbed narcissistic trolls, or will they become the most well educated, well read thinkers and leaders and build a better tomorrow. Who knows? In any case, the game is afoot. The more things change, the more things remain the same. The future will be controlled by artificial intelligence, and the powers that control A.I. will control everything. That's the way I see it, today, January 17th, 2018.
"The purpose of my writing is twofold. First, to get things out of my head. Second, to show it to you."
Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.