Viva ICT Revolucion! An Introduction

“A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.”

-Vladimir Lenin

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.”

– Che Guevara

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”

― Jim Morrison

“It’s the well-behaved children … that make the most formidable revolutionaries. They don’t say a word, they don’t hide under the table, they eat only one piece of chocolate at a time. But later on they make society pay dearly.”

-Jean-Paul Sartre, Dirty Hands

Revolutions of many scales and forms have occurred throughout the course of human history and across the globe.   As described by Jim Morrison and Che Guevara, revolution requires significant transformation.  Renowned international political economist Susan Strange described transformation in States and Markets (1998) as shifts in power structures, specifically that of production, security, finance and knowledge.

Through Strange’s theoretical framework, the evolution of Information Communications Technology (ICT) can be seen as a major shift in the knowledge structure.  As people are exposed to events and ideas, their perspective is often altered.  ICT has evolved to fill the information vacuum that once existed in regions, and has facilitated the communication of ideas.

With access to the internet, satellite dishes, and mobile phones, people can no longer be shut off from reality.  Niccolò Machiavelli once suggested that the maintenance of ignorance can prolong tyrannical rule.  Social media has also greatly enhanced the world wide communities’ knowledge base, and has shifted the power structure in favor of the traditionally “weak.”