I’ve been watching the tweets of every MSP and MP for the last fortnight – and whilst I had a pretty dim opinion of our “pro-oil anti-fossil-fuel) Holyrood MSPs before I’ve started, I’ve gone from thinking they’re deluded to thinking they are a waste of time.
They care nothing at all about industry, industrial policy, engineering – in the whole fortnight I’ve been watching their thousands of tweets I’ve not seen one tweet on any of these subjects. The closest any got to saying anything positive about industry was “I welcome a group from small business” – from an MSP who spends 90% of his time rabbitting on about how; “being gay means he’s a victim” and that gives him the right to force his views on everyone else (and there seems to be dozens of similar people – special interests are all they ever talk about).
The Internet Revolution – good for people – bad for industry
The internet revolution is the cause of the massive support for Brexit, Trump, UKIP and … horror of horrors, the SNP and Corbyn. But now, I’ve realised watching the Scottish parliament that part of the problem … the totally unwarranted attack of society against industry through the use of the CO2 proxy in the name of “global warming … has been a movement against industry that was the first of the internet revolutions.
So, that same internet revolution that brought the “industry loving” Trump to power ALSO BROUGHT the industry hating parties like the SNP (and Greens) to power. And by the same logic, it could still bring other industry hating parties to power (Corbyn? Democrats?)
Because it was academia which developed the internet for global academic co-operation. And because eco-fascism is endemic in academia, these vile creatures were allowed to be amongst the first adopters of the internet for global political action. And whilst small in number, because academics have vast swathes of public-paid time on their hands and had easy access to the internet from a very early stage, they found it incredibly easy to spread their vile anti-industry ideas onto the internet, fabricating and co-ordinating a network of anti-industry groups aka environmentalists.
And whilst the rest of us finally caught up with the academic eco-fascists, and finally swelled to such numbers that we managed to overthrow their grip on social media to get those like Trump elected, the fact is that neither the industry hating eco-fascists have gone away, nor has industry itself gained any footing on social media.
Indeed, as I write this, I cannot see any mechanism by which industry will have a voice in the post-internet-revolution politics.
Because, whilst I love the other throw of the pre-internet-revolution establishment (media tycoons, academics, big parties who all controlled public discussion and prevented discussion on issues like immigration and climate), that establishment did have some good points.
Prior to the internet revolution, big business, whilst it did not have any vote, it did have the money to buy influence into that “establishment”. It bought an army of lobbyists to hassle politicians & media to create the right kind of public support to pass the kinds of laws that it needed to keep our economic functioning. That was for purely selfish reasons, but like much of capitalism, that selfishness had a public good and benefited us through a vibrant prosperous economy (at least in theory).
But now, with social media dominated by individuals not large media corps, you cannot buy that public support – you can buy support by buying adverts or journalists in a Newspaper – now that paid-for message is bypassed through social media. You can lobby politicians – even pay then for votes – or buy them outright, but unless you rig the elections, in the end, the power of social media will elect politicians that bow down to the will of the people on social media NOT BUSINESS!
As such it seems that as we as a society grow more and more dependent on “social media” to run our political lives, we will inevitably be less and less concerned than we already are with industry … and when I look at the Scottish parliament that already means almost zero interest. And it looks like a recipe for total economic meltdown.
If I am correct about the internet revolution and its affect on busines, the political storm we have seen with regard to Trump, Brexit, UKIP, is nothing compared to the storm that will befall business. At the moment, business is owned and controlled by a very very small group of people (the super rich – like Branson, Trump). In the past, these people could buy influence in government – and indeed some like bankers are notorious for they way they bought excess influence (thus removing credit controls, causing the exponential increase in debt – leading to the banking crisis and almost the bankruptcy of the UK – in the past, people like that had their heads chopped off!)
But however corrupt the way they did it business had a say.
But the internet revolution is disempowering the once powerful. The media moguls are losing control, the industry lobbyists are no longer controlling the public debate. And the only way a business is going to be able to get its voice heard in the new age of the people’s revolution – is if it has a vocal group of citizens willing to champion it. And whilst I’m sure the shareholders will be very enthusiastic in their support for a company … they are so few, that they will be but a whisper on the new egalitarian communications of social media.
As such, the only successful companies in the future – will be those owned by the workers – or at least those where workers feel intrinsically committed to the future of the company and willing to do all they can to help that company on social media.
I’m not saying this as some communist ideal – I’m merely saying that the only companies that will have the necessary base to sway public opinion will be a mass of enthusiastic owners. That’s not moralistic, political …. it’s just a pragmatic statement of what logically will be successful in the post-internet revolution society.
The Post-Internet-Revolution Employee
Indeed, it is likely that in the future, employees will be chosen, not just for their skill doing the job … but also by their presence on social media, and their ability and willingness to do what they can to promote the social groups to which they belong. Indeed, even footballers, may win their places, not for scoring goals, but for the number of twitter followers!
But … however I look at it the post-internet revolution society is going to be more egalitarian. Just as the printing revolution brought down the authoritarian power of the church and then the king, so the internet-revolution is going to create another step change in equality … not “equality” as construed by academics … but equality as in a racist has the same number of votes as a eco-feminist and they will both have far more political clout than they do now.
I suppose that should have been obvious from the way the intervention of super-rich meddling Branson was so easily brushed aside. I suppose it is evident from the way Soros’ attempt to buy the Democrats their place in power was such an abysmal failure. The super rich are having a hard time getting listened to and even harder being taken seriously. And Trump is the exception that proves the rule: He’s super rich – but he took on all the “establishment” super-rich and won.
Through the looking glass
In the past I’ve said: that whilst it’s possible to predict the internet revolution is coming, whilst we know that it will dramatically change our society – we cannot know how it will change society.
I may have been wrong. I now feel I’ve had my first glimpse of that post-internet revolution society. I’ve no doubt my “view” is as accurate as “we will live on the moon – talking to each other on handheld communicator” view of the 1960s – in that it is largely wrong, as we never did live on the moon – but we did get handheld communicators – linked to the internet.
A PIR society
I was just wondering what acrynym would be used for the new egalitarian Post-Internet-Revolution society. We will all be PIRs (as in Peer).
Although the alternative PIR society rhyming with Fire also is possible give the history of previous revolutions.