It’s only Science Fiction until someone actually does it.

I can’t help but think about Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game when looking at today’s blogs.

For those who don’t know what I am talking about, Ender’s Game is a late 70’s early 80’s Science Fiction series that from an internet standpoint, a centralized computer that has become somewhat sentient and filters all net traffic communications across the galaxy.  Interestingly enough, Ender’s older brother becomes the Emperor through blogging on social networks and getting the people of the world to follow his every post.

I just heard the other day on NPR that there are government agencies currently employing blog tracking so they can see who has the pulse of the people with their posts. They are using the information to shape the types of political leaders they want to put forward.  I think it had something to do with foreign affairs and the shaping of new government especially in the Middle East.  Better start blogging now if I plan on running the world anytime soon!

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One comment on “It’s only Science Fiction until someone actually does it.

  1. moneitec845 says:

    This post reminds me of an incident way back in the 80s…
    I worked with some of the early automatic translation programs, Systran in particular. One one visit to a user of these tools, I found out that Occidental Petroleum was using the tools to scan all published newspapers in the Latin American regions where they were “exploring” for oil, to see if there was any pending unrest or push-back to their resource grabs. So the use of blogs as you mention makes perfect sense.

    Never underestimate the creepiness of your corporate government! 😉

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