brian carroll <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sun, 17 Jun 2001 00:57:22 -0800
once had a professor whom i highly regarded
whom was related to the karen silkwood case
whom exposed nuclear safety issues and was
mysteriously killed while trying to bring
the situation to light. a US movie from
the early 80s depicts this story and offers
a glimpse into what the early days of the
nuclear industry were like, and likely are
still like today, given that so much goes
but even with that in mind, there are a
few thoughts i had upon watching the film.
one, the reaction of people when it came
to making larger change is to disengage
with anything that challenges the status
quo, as it threatens basic survival and
the quality of life. so too, how systems
protect themselves in their own best
interest, whatever their goals and merits.
be it government, science, business, or
regulators, citizens, or organizers.
the one difference it seems from today's
worlds is that things are much more out
in the open. knowledge is much freer if
one is looking for information upon which
to based one's ideas, such as the Internet.
yet, that same 'silence' exists, a type of
cultural feedback loop when change comes,
and it is time to mutate, and sacrifices
must be made to move forward. and few if
any want to make the sacrifices. and until
they do, things remain on the same course.
thus, even though the 'secrecy' of the
nuclear industry has become public information,
still, it is a hot-potato to talk about online,
as the same forces exist, and their undertows
can be equally as deadly.
the only possibility for a different scenario
than that of individual versus system that
seems viable is that of groups of individuals
working together for change, to change the
system that they exist within. individuals
cannot do this alone. it requires collaboration.
especially when birthing in new ideas, new
knowledge, new ways of seeing, of being.
that is why the open-source intelligence,
be it stratfor.com or openflows.org, or
the software and hardware movements are
exciting. they form a basis for a way of
collaborative work and sharing of the burden
of working for larger changes. the tragedy
of change is thus not upon the individual,
but upon the whole group, and could instead
become a positive experience, instead one
of loss. something more could be gained
by working together, than any individual
geniuses could produce alone. especially
if people worked together and inspired
eachother in their work.
the Silkwood movie seemed to be about a
person whom was ordinary, but began to
piece things together, almost by accidental
necessity, as a duty of being alive, and
having an independent sense of things.
what is evident is the cohesion that
exist behind the silence. that is, the
status quo, the way things already function,
and the interests they represent. everyone's
in a certain sense, and no one's.
the funny thing about electromagnetic
knowledge and information is that most
pass it off as a technical or scientific
subject and may think it too abstract or
that is mathematical or just beyond them.
and thus it is a non-topic. it belongs no-
where in the current way of seeing. and yet
everything that maintains, sustains, and
makes up the real is based and biased by
its force. education is key to changing
the way the electromagnetic order of things
works, and yet this knowledge must be made
public, shared, in some way that it has not
yet been, and is traditionally not seen as
being relevant nor tangible.
thus, it is almost a type of secrete or even
esoteric knowledge, when it is verifiably open-
source and first-hand empiricism abounds. every-
one can see it for what it is, in its parts.
together, we could see it as a whole, if only
there was a 'we' to see and-or sense it, as
both a scientific and cultural phenomenon.
someday this change will occur. paradigms
are incremental only to those whom ignore
them. they are readily available to those
whom engage and directly question their
authenticity to describe the real, and to
model it, more effective than previous
models, which cannot deal with the new
way of seeing, nor its everpresent truths.
hopefully there will not need to be the
individual martyrs and a grand inquistorial
atmosphere today when birthing in the new
awareness of electromagnetism and its central
role in defining the real, and the present
moment, and a way of understanding the world
the movie offers a dynamic that seems very
similar to topics that do not fit in to the
current system and challenge it. in the end
change happens through challenge... and it's
much easier in groups than going it alone...
electromagnetism / infrastructure / civilization