The election is still a year away but the debate has heated up. One must wonder if the free flow of information that we call the Internet is not playing a major role in the elections.
In the past, it was relatively easy to maintain oneâ€™s ignorance. All you had to do was not buy books, not subscribe to any newspapers, not watch the nightly news, and spend the money you saved on much more enjoyable activities, like drinking beer.
On the Internet, however, you canâ€™t take click on anything without being accosted with information. Iraq did this. Iran did that. Bush is the anti-Christ. That guy chopping off that ladyâ€™s head, heâ€™s actually a noble â€œFreedom Fighterâ€.
Okay, bad examples. But there are also a plethora of legitimately insightful opinions, validated facts, and education to be had, absolutely free of charge.
The Internet has helped to educate voters about the positions held by candidates for public office.
The Internet has helped to educate the world to the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The spread of knowledge on the Internet has helped highlight injustices and brought more public pressure to bear than could be imaginable otherwise.
Viva la Internet!