Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fareed Zakaria discusses the dangers of asymmetry in Time essay; Breaking news from Arizona tragedy

Fareed Zakaria has an important essay on p 39 of the Dec. 27, 2010 issue of Time Magazine (The “Person of the Year” issue, although this is about something different). It’s “The Year of Microterrorism”, link (website url) here

Zakaria talks about asymmetry and the “democratization” of technology, and the danger posed by lone actors with soft targets of ordinary people. He writes, “Everywhere, we see that power is shifting from large institutions to motivated individuals. Technology allows people to leverage the weight of these institutions against themselves, producing a jujitsu-like effect.”

I noticed this article while CNN piped the breaking news Saturday afternoon about an incident in Tucson Arizona at a public engagement for Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The story unfolds now and is changing rapidly.

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