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Information Technology

On » November 24, 2009 //

Currently we live in what is widely referred to as the “Information Age.” People manipulate and control information continually, even so that some groups are equated with information. Information is their business and that business creates power.

Say, for example, you had a secret that someone was having an affair. What is the difference between telling that person’s spouse or a stranger on the street? There is a difference, of course. The stranger has the knowledge, but not the power. Say the stranger subsequently meets someone in a bar and tells that person about the affair. The listener is the spouse of the adulterer, and the conversation gets them to thinking...Suddenly the stranger has become very powerful, without even knowing it.The lines between knowledge and power are blurred and dynamic. Information equals power in our world today. But at what point does information become power? And at what point does said power gain a dangerous influence over the information?

Imagine someone who has intelligence; knowledge, but only holds it; does not act on it. Is it possible for that person to remain powerless?

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