Power Abuse

If you don’t know all of the names, please follow the links – interesting that all have cause to fear the digital age….

What do Anthony Weiner, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Bashar Assad and Robert Mugabe all have in common?

Power abuse.  Plain and simple.

Add to that list Eliot Spitzer, Hosni Mubarak, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, the Taliban and Al Qaeda, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bernie Madoff and a host of other abusers on every continent, in every country, even in every city…I would imagine.

Here we are in a world connected – like it’s never been connected before – with technology that has the potential to solve problems and save lives…not just kill bigger and better…and yet it’s like we have learned nothing.

What is truly amazing is that in the digital age it seems to have gotten worse – or maybe it’s just that we hear about it quicker and more globally.

Or maybe folks think that the digital that empowers all of us – empowers them a bit more.

But here’s the thing – in the globally connected digital world it takes but a few clicks to find that a former New York State governor and a former World Bank president used the same call girl service – talk about a small world….

Bottom line – the truth is and maybe even the good news is – that at the end of the day digital media might have finally democratized the world – even if we haven’t figured it out yet.

So while some may plot to kill and others to show their “wares” – while the vast majority are happy to shop and share – we are all part of, and vulnerable to, the same basic digital pathways.

All of which reminded me of an old proverb I heard many years ago…listen:

“Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.” Italian Proverb

And there you have it – to my mind the true beauty of the Internet.

King or pawn – we all have the same ultimate accountability – as we always should have – but in today’s world – it can be tracked and traced….

Think about that, Anthony and Dom….

What’s your view?



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