What would World War III look like? How would you know it was underway? Would it resemble Hitler’s Germany trying to conquer the world? Would you recognize it without the facts being laid out for you? Do you think propaganda would be used to sway public opinion? And what about the use of chemicals on the people to make them docile and apathetic? How about laws passed that would classify you as an enemy of the state if you dared to stand against the power structure? Or an increase in domestic policies which limit your individual liberty for “security purposes”? What of the militarization of a civilian police force, complete with the laws protecting their aggression against an unwary populace?
Important questions go unanswered from our elected officials as they’re pressed on why Syria is in the crosshairs of the formidable American military apparatus. Our own columnists have wondered out loud whether it is ultimately all about the petrodollar, the US dollar’s long-standing status as the world’s reserve currency, and the proposed natural gas pipeline agreement between Syria, Iraq, and Iran, allowing natural gas from Iranian gas fields to be delivered to western Europe and bypassing Saudi Arabia and Qatar?
Remember KONY 2012, the short film created by the private organization Invisible Children? Recall all the drama of Joseph Kony, the brutal leader of the Ugandan rebel group Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), whose soldiers kidnapped children and massacred civilians in their homeland and neighboring countries? I can forgive you if it slipped your memory, as it’s as out-of-date as a Tim Tebow Jets jersey.
“The Information Age” is what many are calling this period of time through which we’re all passing together. The title of my article might lead the reader to assume that the current access to data is another great step for humanity, and most rational, thinking individuals view the period in this manner. But there are still many who want to claim that there is now too much information readily available, that nobody knows WHAT to believe or WHO to believe.