That he which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart…
Henry V, St. Crispin’s Day Speech,
Henry V, William Shakespeare
2015 may prove to be the last great year of this century. Obama was President, Trudeau got elected on a promise of Sunny Ways, and the narrowminded, right-wing appeared to be coalescing around a final hill to die on; Donald Trump. In short, we were experiencing the calm before the storm and we didn’t even realize it.
We all took for granted a world of freedom, equal rights, and relative peace. What we didn’t foresee was the dangerous misuse of social media slowly creeping into politics, journalism, and public discourse.
This perverse use of social media was subtle, subversive and ultimately successful. It didn’t just impact the 2016 U.S. election but changed the rules and undermined truth to the degree that should terrify us all.
In short, the shots were fired and the war began.
The Glass House of Saud
This is a chilling image. What is even more chilling is that a pro-Saudi media group sent produced it. Although they have since apologized and removed the meme, the damage was already done. We have gone from a world of diplomats and statesmen to one of Twitter Trolls and Facebook Instigators.
What is particularly unnerving is just how ordinary this state-sponsored political slander has become. Hmmm…where have I seen this before?
It is terrifying how quickly a moronic Tweet becomes a major international incident. As we are learning with the Canada/Saudi spat, the genie does not easily go back into the bottle.
If this course has taught me anything, it is that the future will exist online in a way that we are only just starting to grasp. So too, then, will our wars. Right now, with no exaggeration, we are in the opening battles of a long war. A war that will put truth and freedom on trial to a degree that it has not faced in generations.
Once again, good people will be called upon to fight. This time, the fields of battle are Facebook and Twitter, and the enemy is trolling, bullying, fake news, and e-zealots.
Are we at war to save the truth? If called upon, will you fight?
Twitter: Are we at war to save the truth? If so, read my blog post and join the fight. https://tinyurl.com/y9n4bp3x
Facebook: I watched Election Night 2016 with the smug confidence that a second Clinton Presidency was guaranteed, and the dangerous, small-minded right wing was toast. Like so many others, I was dead wrong. Two years later, the battle lines are clear. Good people must rise and defend the truth, the only real source of freedom. Read my blog, join the discuss and join in the fight. It will be the battle of our generation. https://tinyurl.com/y9n4bp3x