Should social media be reclassified as a weapon?

Software can be a weapon too, as the PGP encryption code once was

 

It’s a strange statement but social media is being used in revolutions across the Middle East and not just to report on what is happening. It’s also part of the cause.

Let’s look at the facts!

  • Mass media, in this case radio, was used effectively in Nazi germany as a propaganda tool. It is a weapon.
  • Software can be a weapon: PGP (an encryption standard) that gave citizens miltary class secure person to person communication ability – was outlawed for export from the USA (see t-shirt above)
  • The Internet itself is military by original design.
  • Social media gives citizens the power of mass media – to be able to publish content with unlimited distribution.
  • Governments across the Middle East are closing down access to social media.
  • So clearly governments see social media as a weapon.

Q.E.D…. Social Media is a Weapon

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3 thoughts on “Should social media be reclassified as a weapon?

  1. Ed East November 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm Reply

    After the recent effects it has had in the Middle East I think you’re onto something. We are looking for interesting writers like yourself to contribute to our blogging network. Please get in touch,

    Ed.

    http://www.glitterazi.com your source for movies, music, fashion, art, culture and more for you created by you.

    • Vince Pettit January 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm Reply

      The impact made by social media can be far more profound than a bullet or bomb. The most powerful weapons control the thoughts of man they don’t kill them.

  2. GeePee April 28, 2012 at 2:26 am Reply

    Social media is manipulating people.
    It is as a camouflated propaganda.
    It started during the second world war. There was only one truth and that was the radio and cinema
    thanks

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