Come to think of it, leaks have been around forever. So what makes the latest one so interesting that the Web 2.0 world is buzzing with it? Well. I happened to pose a rhetoric question, in case you didn’t notice it. “The fact that this is happening right now in the Web 2.0 world” is the right answer. Please give yourselves 11 points for getting it right.
Jokes aside, We have had Whistleblowers in the past too. We will never know how many such whistleblowers’ words never got out to the public domain because someone decided not to publish them & managed successfully to suppress the source(s).
But then, now we are in a crazily (sometimes annoyingly) wired world. The biggest strength of this social network dominated 21st century era is probably it’s no. 1 weakness too. That it gives a sense of power to all.
I mean everyone who is connected wants to participate in the debate. I think that’s great.
Everyone wants to think he/she has the power to change things. I think this is also a great sense that this new age brings…
But the problem I see is that “everyone thinks he/she has the power to change everything in the world”..No matter what issue is being dealt with.
This problem may be too acute & prevalent with extremists. Certain kind of extremists. The extremists who are way too far in the left. Of course, I am no Jon Stewart to make that kind of mistake – at least the perceivable one. As perceived by those in the extreme left. That somehow Jon clubbed the left wing extremists together with the right wing extremists. Sort of like saying “KO and BO should just shut the &*^ up!”. You know who I am referring to. Which unfortunately was how Jon stated it, but the intellect in me (wink-wink!!) didn’t interpret it that way – both within the context or out of context. He was making a larger point which unfortunately got trashed by both extremes. Anyway, why talk about Jon Stewart? He is no world savior…(wink-wink!!)
Digression. Back to the leaks…The way the social networks seemed to have given a false sense of power to individuals who are no experts in certain issues to strongly think that the others are stupid not to listen to their ideas, is sort of amusing. Which brings me to the main reason for this post.
The concept of leaking confidential information – And the reaction to such.
The latest set of leaks popularly referred to in the Web 2.0 world as #barkhagate and #cablegate, have ordinary people (you and me) slapping their biceps and twisting their mind muscles with so much vigor, that it is heartening to see the guilty (those caught on the leaks) squirm in their pants and run for shelter. Although the common man is absolutely justified to feel this way – “After all there is hope for truth to be heard and justice to prevail” and there is no denying that fact, I personally am of the opinion it is is not as simple as that. Hence one shouldn’t mix up the sneaky emotion one gets when he/she gets a voyeuristic freedom to listen to what others said and did, specially when it concerns political power game, innocent people being killed and swindling of bundles – with that of a false sense of power to save the world that such voyeuristic adventure may lead one to. You get my point? May be not. Because I see you are lost.
I just realized what I want to say may actually take a long time to type.
(To be continued…)