Social-ism: in a network near you
by Rawad J. Bou Malhab
Inspired by the U.K riots.
We all know what social networks are and the least knowledgeable of us can cite at least 5 different mediums and platforms from which he or she can throw a revolution. I am not blabering about Khloe Kardashian hosting a night at the Beatles Revolution CLub, nor about Polo Ralph Lauren dropping the word Polo from its brand name. Instead, in todays world, I call these revolutions: Fatal Diversions mingling closely with Mental Distress. Not only because it is a global phenomena but also because it is continuous and reoccurring under different names and forms: political, economical, religious & cultural.
According to Merriam-Webster: “Socialism is a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.”
“Socialism—defined as a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production—was the tragic failure of the twentieth century. Born of a commitment to remedy the economic and moral defects of capitalism, it has far surpassed capitalism in both economic malfunction and moral cruelty. Yet the idea and the ideal of socialism linger on. Whether socialism in some form will eventually return as a major organizing force in human affairs is unknown, but no one can accurately appraise its prospects who has not taken into account the dramatic story of its rise and fall.” by Robert Heilbroner.
Just as socialism failed to sustain countries and governments, lately social networks have shown signs & symptoms of states of illnesses that need to be addressed. One of those issues is morality. If moral reasoning is an individual or a collective practical reasoning about what, morally, one ought to do: start torching neighborhoods and looting while using Twitter & Blackberry messenger to organize, regroup and launch assaults, then I believe social networks have to be closely monitored & controlled as an open source to anything including the bad.
For Britain, with Love.