Living In The Information Age We Know Less About More

Posted on January 7, 2013


In this information age we live in, hardly a thing can happen anywhere in the world that it doesn’t show up somwhere in the internet. The more import things that happen are noted in the main stream news or, at least, in the alternative news sources. This makes it very difficult for governments to hide what they are doing and that’s a good thing for those of us who love freedom, right?

The more knowledge a people have the more difficult it should be for governments to usurp power, right? It was Sir Francis Bacon that said kowledge is power. So, if the governed have more knowlege then the power should be with the people, right? But, what if too much information does not lead to more knowledge? What if too much information only leads to too many questions that never get answered because the steady flow of new information on different subjects leaves us in  a steady state of distraction? Information only become useful if it leads to truth and it can only lead to truth if all questions about the information get answered. But, if before the questions are answered or even before the questions get asked, the questioners are distracted by some other breaking news or multiple news stories then the thing that had the questioners’ attention yesterday is forgotten because something else has their attention today and it will something else all together that will have their attention tomorrow.

And so it is that we will never know the truth about Fast and Furious or voter fraud or the new names used by the old Acorn or who put the pork in the Fiscal Cliff deal or who opened the emergency exit door of the theater for Holmes or why bankers can rip off billions of dollars and never go to jail or about what the CIA was really doing in Benghazi or why  American arms were found in Egypt heading for Gaza or why, if al Qaeda is on its heels, are they invading Mali or etc., etc., and etc.

So, are we more knowledgeable because we live in the information age or do we only know less about more? It seems to me that we live in a constant state of distraction.

Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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