Beside the Hiroshima bomb and perhaps 9/11, nothing in modern history has had a more disruptive global effect in such a short time as Wikileaks.
It matters not whether Julian Assange is a good, bad, crazy, nice or in-the-middle-guy. Whatever, yawn. Transparency in this case is Good.
And the world have forever changed.
If Wikileaks is somehow stopped, the world is forever changed, as that means the end to free press and the start of a more controlled society, something China seems to have some limited success in.
If Wikileaks is not stopped, the world is forever changed, as now people have found a new avenue for anonymously disclosing the dirty secrets of people doing the bidding of others than those who elected them to power.
But the mayonnaise cannot be put back into the tube – if Wikileaks gets shut down, another 50 sites will take its place.
Welcome to the new world of transparency. A world where crimes will be disclosed because secrets cannot be kept. This is changing the planet whole-scale, something Scientology has not even been close in doing.
Funny that. Here we have a wonderful philosophy and technology (Scientology) to handle and heal the world, and like a high-speed train comes tech like Internet, Wikipedia and Wikileaks that changes the world to a more communicative, open, knowledge-sharing, transparent and ethical place like nothing before.
And Wikipedia and Wikileaks are ideas that got traction without much investment – it’s a snowball effect because one has lowered the threshold to people’s participation. It is the Ant Hill in practice.
One can resist this or enjoy this. The results in the world will be the same. The difference lies only with oneself – resisting it will make one annoyed, while enjoying it will make even this fun.