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Pandora's Box 3

As for 'Pandora's Box' I need to talk on it more closely.

The explosive popularization of the Internet ⇒ the disintegration crisis of the Arab community ⇒ the increase and expansion of terrorism, this 'syllogism' is expanded so hurriedly that I'm apprehensive that it may be very difficult for you to understand.

The electronic mail made it possible communication between individuals as well as simultaneous sending, the mail magazine made it possible communication among groups and the homepage everybody can make easily, the furthermore easy blog, made it possible communication between individuals and the general public. In this way the Internet has been changing communication into a more direct way step by step.

 

The publishing media such as books, magazines and news papers, the broadcasting media such as radio and television, and the communication media such as telephone and facsimile, they need not a few investments. The public, as a simple user of the media, has only been able to communicate, e.g. receive information or exchange information with each other, through an indirect way dependent on the media.

The indirect communication, which has spread out gradually since the 19th century and with acceleration after entering into the 20th century, has been changing not only mechanisms of information transmission and information exchange but also, in effect, participatory consciousness of the public, i.e. media users, into society or politics in a more invisible manner.
The public cannot control the media or participate into society not by themselves directly but only indirectly in order for them to deliver or express their opinions and to hear or receive others' opinions.

It is surprising to see representative democracy having spread all over the world so smoothly. As easy reliance on representative democracy has, on the other hand, an irresponsible aspect which cuts corners in building and developing society, if being off guard, history has proven it sufficiently that it easily changes into tyranny.

The Bedouin community in the desert, which has been isolated from the outer world by harsh natural conditions and has not had exchange with the outer world except they go away for a caravan on a camel, has only adopted the indirect media such as radio at the best even after the modern age.
Hence, limited direct democracy by patriarchs or the elders has survived forever.
Direct democracy into which all of the tribe, regardless of age or sex, participates takes so long a time until reaching an understanding that it has been useless for making a quickest decision in the desert against sandstorms or attacks by other tribes.

Even the Hejaz railway, which was constructed aiming at opening a gate for pilgrims by connecting Istanbul with Mecca, but mainly used for operations at the time of Laurence of Arabia, it was transport between points. As it has been very difficult both technically and financially to construct a highway in the desert, the Arab community has been closed to the outsiders even after the beginning of the 20th century, it means that they can easily go out from their side but the outsiders are difficult to come in.

When the Arabian nations had begun their independence from the Ottomans' domination for more than 400 years since the beginning of the 16th century until the end of the First World War, the long overborne Arabs had begun accepting the Bedouins' paradigm together with their styles of living plus in both cities and villages. I cannot easily understand this process.

It might be one of the factors that not a few Bedouins came into cities in the process of quick urbanization, however the Arabs might read some strong nostalgia as well as a pillar of the tribe into a kind of pride to live in the isolated desert which the Bedouins maintained. It is just what I can analogize.

(13/8/2005)
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