September 14, 2004

Dense Pessimisms (Take 1)

Democracy as we know it can't survive technology's relentless democratisation of access to the technologies of destruction. In other words, you can't have all four of US-style democracy, open access to technology, individual security, and privacy. At least one (and probably two) of them has to go for the others to survive.

The "best" result is likely to be a form of consensual tyranny of total openness, a totalitarianism of the masses in the name of democracy -- a transparent totalitarian democracy. With no individual, corporate, or government privacy at all. The alternatives range along the usual spectrum of Orwellian nightmares and lethal anarchies.

The future's so bright I have to wear shades....


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