It’s interesting that WikiLeaks makes for some interesting online drama, cocktail conversation and soap opera entertainment. Thousands of blogs including that of a once upon a time, Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin, who ranted on Facebook on how the Obama administration acted with incompetence in handling the infamous leaks. There are those who are of a complete different opinion and applauded freedom of speech.
The diplomatic cables are nothing but too much information.
Facebook, Twitter and the internet in the whole aim at creating an open vehicle for communication in society. Through the sharing of information we are supposed to come to know the Truth in Platonic terms. But there is something also known as too much information. We are bombarded by the same images of celebrities and what they ate, how they dressed and who they are dating. Everyone wants a spot in the limelight including that guy from the Jersey Shore or that girl who starred in that Youtube video. Sarah Palin knows this well since she has her own reality show on TLC, Alaska. It is all about gaining attention in the public media and being a celebrity.
Enter the dragon.
That 22-year-old Private First Class might have been defying the United States by leaking this information pretending to download a Lady Gaga playlist. (Who if in any embassy listens to Lady Gaga anyway?) But maybe he only wanted to be known, to stand out in a crowd of uniforms. Perhaps he thought that he was doing the right thing by calling the government security problems out by leaking the information to the founder Julian Assange, the villain of the Wikileak drama.
Each diplomatic cable is like a Facebook note with nuggets that appear like tweets. Some of the stuff written sound like things you would tell your friends at a cocktail party as you nibble on finger sandwiches or in the case of Senator McCain, as you drink tea.
Senator McCain strikes us as poetic reminding us of Dylan Thomas.
Senator McCain said the situation in Iraq had improved. He warned that Al Qaeda would put up a fight in Mosul and the Iranians were “not going to go quietly into the night.”
He also compares the South of Iraq like “Chicago in the ’20s”. McCain wasn’t partying with the Great Gatsby and he wasn’t around for prohibition. He’s not that much of an old cat.
Each leak provides too much personal information, pure nonsense, that only means something to those ingratiating computer literate ambassadors that receive it and plan cocktail parties. Like tweets, most of the diplomatic cables become old news quickly. In fact most of the leaks are from 2007 and 2008. They are already written history when the rest of the world including you read them.
I believe that society is to blame. We allow common people to become celebrities and we become intrigued with the mundane. Of course, it was wrong for the First Class Private to leak information. It was also wrong for his superiors not to catch him in the infamous act.
But it is also wrong for us to want to know everything including each detail of what happens in our lives and their lives. This is simply TMI or too much information.
Palin, Sarah. Serious Questions About the Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the WikiLeaks Fiasco. Facebook.com