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Who controls the information now

May 2, 2008

f you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
–Josph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
–Adolf Hitler

Germany became a strong order coming to world war 2 because of their propaganda modus operandi. Reading through the propaganda principles ; I guess Goebbels really thought through in creating such a psychological upheaval amongst the NAZIs.

Goebbels must be crying from the dead because he missed the Internet boom. A very powerful tool of information which fits his propaganda concepts very nicely. The Malaysian ruling government ignored the importance and paid dearly . The government-elect who capitalised on UMNO’s “kampung” mentality and the components’ atittitude ; played their sentiment right to win the votes which i can see they did not expect as well ! UMNO remained kampung literally by letting the “secret” weapon killing them softly and of course our 12GE results proved its power.

Yes , everybody is happy that the Rakyat showed what they want ; not knowing whether is it really what they want. In Malaysia our voting pattern has always been about populist issues ; how the grassroots are tackled. The generation that voted in the last election belonged to the Internet boom generation ; explaining why the components lost badly. UMNO still maintained their kampung votes ; but this is not enough in capturing the new Malaysia.

One must remember ; the generation who are reading the stuffs that we write and produced on the net at the moment are majoritily the young. The future voters , future leaders of Malaysia. They read in awe whatever we write and will take it on face value regardless of its facts. Issues and controversies stimulates the young mind and this is where netizens should assume responsibility. The mass effect of such arrogance on the net is yet to be seen.

The young minds if not guided well can sway as far as it can be. We are creating tension and suspicion amongst the young and this will be evident in their daily activities in school. We maybe digressing towards unruly Malaysia if we continue to filth the net with irresponsibility entries. Its of course nice to be able to let things out regarding the oppression and suffering , but is it worth it for the next generation ? We say we are doing all this to ensure our future generation’s prospect and potential. Seeing it from this prospective may make one think , will it be worth it ?

Do not underestimate the power of the net ; and as the old saying goes ” The pen is mightier than the sword”. I forecast catastrophy if we do not control the information properly ; dominated by the learned which may only benefit the one with access. Things can go very dirty if it starts from the mind…

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