So said Mark Twain…

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on it’s shoes..

So said Mark Twain, many many, moons ago! In the world we live in today, this is so true! With the myriad of high tech transmitting devices available…a word is barely uttered, before it is already known somewhere else….unimaginable till not so very long ago…

What this does also mean is, that these lines of communication…as welcome in some scenarios…as they are distressing in others…are faced by the aspect mentioned in the above comment by Mark Twain…quite incredible since this line is from an age where our present communication scenario may have been fairly impossible to even imagine! The real worry is that in the transmitting…the truth is often royally mangled out of shape…the second…and third hand report is sometimes so distorted, that the mind boggles…whilst the ‘information’ continues to go it’s way silently and insidiously…creating havoc…heartache…distorted versions of reality…misconstrued…misrepresented and manipulated…with little semblance to it’s actual reality…

Is this the way of the future? Is this what we have worked for and towards? Is this really what we want? We are strange creatures…we humans…and that too is often a misnomer…with the wikileaks type distortions gaining momentum on the world stage…it is a free for all…a no holds barred voyeuristic scenario and society. Where exactly are we headed? 

The world has changed so much and so drastically in my lifetime…I, who have always felt I was born in a wrong time period to start with… Although I enjoy the perks of high tech technology as much as the next person…the framework of its working, utility and influence is disturbing. It’s all pervasive intrusion in all of our personal spaces is definitely a thought worthy of distilling, as much as it is worthy of genuine introspection in determining it’s rightful space in our lives….

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nasima
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 02:57:44

    I agree with you! I am also reminded of the quotation: ‘A little learning is a dangerous thing.’
    A web-surfer picks up quick information from google search or wikipedia in bits and bites – and thinks he knows it all….a dangerous situation for everyone, especially the surfer….This is how a lot of half knowledge is given the same place as diligently researched knowledge….But the benefit of technology is so great that of course we must continue with it – while being fully aware of its limitations. Cheers! Nasima

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  2. shamasheikh
    Jun 22, 2011 @ 19:26:58

    Many thanks for visiting my blog Nasima.
    You are absolutely right…what is essential with the huge benefits that technology brings, is the ability of conscious discernment coupled with appropriate application. All of us need to use the spaces we work in to promote and reinforce this awareness…for a better tomorrow!

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  3. griffithinsider
    Jun 30, 2011 @ 09:40:23

    Am writing a thesis on Public Trust in WikiLeaks, the Media and the Government and need to know what your opinions are. The online survey is multiple choice and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the link: http://www.kwiksurveys.com/?s=ILLLML_9669e09d Please encourage others to do the survey also.

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  4. Adnan Sheikh
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 12:22:40

    My moms a literary genius..

    Reply

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