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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ideas in the age of globalization



Ideas and globalisation


We all have ideas. It shapes life. It shapes the world. Some ideas are good just like presenting a bouquet of flowers to your beloved on Valentine’s Day. They are good but rather ordinary ideas. Some are bad ideas just like buying a knife for your beloved on their birthday.

Some ideas are great ideas. They stand above others. Just like Newton’s gravity, Principia Mathematica, laws of motion, or Einstein’s theory of relativity, mass energy equivalence said to be E=mc2  , Charles Babbage’s computer, Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, Larry Page’s Google, Zuckerberg’s Facebook, Jack Dorsey’s Twitter etc.

Great revolutions are born out of ideas. French Revolution had ideas of equality, liberty and fraternity. American Revolution has ideas of liberty, equality and pursuit of happiness. No taxation without representation was motto of American Revolution. in 1917 Bolshevik revolution had mottos of 'Peace, Bread, Land' and 'All Power to the Soviets'. The 1979 Revolution in Iran had motto of Independence & Liberty. Swaraj was motto of Indian Independence movement, Do or Die had been motto of Quit India.

The counter cultures of 1960s spread anti-establishment ideas. It developed first in the United States and the United Kingdom, and then spread throughout much of the Western world between the early 1960s and the mid-1970s. It was found popular in cities of London, New York City, and San Francisco being hotbeds of early countercultural activity. It produced ideas of Beatles, hippie, Bell-bottoms,

A hippie (or hippy) is a member of a liberal counterculture, originally a youth movement that started in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. Hippies sought to free themselves from societal restrictions, choose their own way, and find new meaning in life.

Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era.

Bob Marley is perhaps even better known for his support of Rastafarianism and for being the king of cannabis.

Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim

Rastafarianism is an afro-centric religious and social movement based in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Stemming from the roots of Rastafari in rising against the post-colonial oppression of poor blacks, Rastas typically come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Famous Bob Marley poem- “You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes, you close your windows. So that's why I'm scared when you say you love me.”

His final words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life.
Marley considered cannabis a healing herb, a "sacrament", and an "aid to medication"; he supported the legalization of the drug
He had one main chat-up line: “Yuh wan have ma baby
Bell-bottoms (or flares) are a style of trousers that become wider from the knees downward, forming a bell-like shape of the trouser leg. Also known today as "bootcut" or "bootfit". In the mid-1960s, bell-bottoms became fashionable for both men and women in Europe and North America. Often made of denim.  
Globalisation and information imperialism
Globalisation infact created only one idea. The idea of market capitalism. Ideas are created by market. Market dictates our ideas. It freezes our thoughts for commodities.
In the past,
Socrates was so intent on protecting citizens from the seductive opinions of artists and writers, that he outlawed them from his imaginary republic
Plato warned of the lose of memory when writing was invented
medieval script writers warned of the evils of printing press
People warned of the lose of relationship when Alexander Graham Bell invented telephone
but we lost ideas and power of thoughts in the age of globalsiation because we are trapped by the seductive utopias of the globalised world

From the French and Russian revolutions to the counter-cultural upheavals of the ‘60s and the digital revolution of the ‘90s, we have been seduced, time after time and text after text, by the vision of a political or economic utopia.

Now the seductive utopias of our age are produced not by old centres of ideas.
Rather than Paris, Moscow, or Berkeley, the grand utopian movement of our contemporary age is headquartered in Silicon Valley, whose great seduction is actually a fusion of two historical movements: the counter-cultural utopianism of the ‘60s and the techno-economic utopianism of the ‘90s. Here in Silicon

Valley, this seduction has announced itself to the world as the “Web 2.0” movement. Just as Marx seduced a generation of European idealists with his fantasy of selfrealization in a communist utopia, so the Web 2.0 cult of creative self-realization has seduced everyone in Silicon Valley. The movement bridges counter-cultural radicals of the ‘60s such as Steve Jobs with the contemporary geek culture of

Google’s Larry Page. Between the book-ends of Jobs and Page lies the rest of Silicon Valley including radical communitarians like Craig Newmark (of Craigslist.com), intellectual property communists such as Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig, economic cornucopians (futurist) like Wired magazine editor Chris “Long Tail” Anderson, journalism professor Jeff Jarvis, and new media moguls Tim O’Reilly and John Battelle.


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