Monday, May 6, 2013

The Book and Newspaper – Warning

The Book and Newspaper – Warning

In many parts of the world the newspaper is a key information source, and one that is still appreciated by a large segment of the population, especially seniors. As technology moves down the rabbit-hole the printed word is dying a slow death. We have come to depend on the internet as a permanent virtual encyclopedia, yet this medium could collapse and disappear right before our eyes

There are many practical dangers when one eliminates the historical written evidence. The internet has the capacity to store all versions of the truth, but that would be very unlikely. I am predisposed to conclude that the truth would be sequestered, and linger within the newly created Sphinx.

1.   Historical events will lose their impact through the passage of time. Detailed evidence could be edited from the digital historical record.

2.   Archival research would become non-existent. This could have a detrimental impact on scholarly research and the “truth”

3.   The printing press was the most important invention of the past two thousand years because it helped disseminate information to the masses. Technology will not only leave many behind, but the introduction of fees for access, restrictive legislation and changes in government structures could restrict assess for many. What happens when a democracy becomes a dictatorship? How many of you still buy books? Once the door is shut, so is your lifeline.

As the Egyptians lost their ability to transcribe hieroglyphs onto stone monuments, so too will modern man lose his ability to compose the written word. Newspapers, books or any written document are a testament to our existence. Don’t kill the printing press. Better yet, don’t kill handwriting and spelling capabilities. The internet and the keyboard are slowly destroying every thinking tool we have.

Recently in Canadian news:

Stephen Harper's Conservatives have launched a review of Canadian history seemingly aimed at placing greater emphasis on the nation's involvement in armed conflicts.

Well, Mr. Harper don’t forget to mention the various ethnic groups who were interned during the great wars (i.e. Italian, Japanese and Chinese just to name a few), nor should you forget the genocide conducted by the British monarchy on the Native Peoples of Canada, or perhaps we can explain our most recent genocidal involvement in countries such as Libya and Afghanistan.  Perhaps you can explain to Canadians how a British gentleman named Winston Churchill drew America into war by deliberately having the Lusitania targeted by the Germans in WWI, killing almost 1,200 people. War is dirty business Mr. Harper and you should leave the re-scripting of Canadian history to experts – the British monarchy. They really understand murder, war and genocide. Perhaps you will all enjoy a poem I wrote three years ago:

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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