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You meet many people in one way or another are afraid of the technology. These people may easily feel that they can handle the new technology will oppress those who can not handle it. The new technology gives the rulers have greater control over us. Then consider the following example. A great revolution was when you started writing. Then there arose a small elite of society with people who could not write, and they tried to oppress those who could not write. But finally managed to get the art of writing to be something that everyone mastered, and all could start writing letters to each other and no longer able to control everything that was written. The future technological revolution had evolved into something that made it harder for those in power to keep it anyway, or at least they were more difficult to be completely okontollerad power over the people.

We see the same trend today. This communication with the computer is still somewhat new, and not everyone can master it. But all indications are that also computer communication in the future will be something that everyone handles. It also means that it becomes more difficult for regimes to oppress the people.

The new communication technology is also used in this way. In Lars Truedson and Gellert Tallås article "E-mail is my umbilical cord to the outside world" in Z Magazine 1995:3 given a good example of this. It tells of an informal post office in Sarajevo, which was started by some as among others wanted to circulate letters between people who lived in Sarajevo and those who were on the run in other countries.

It also told how dangerous it could be before the new technology to smuggle writings and images from repressive to other countries. Such risk is significantly freer with for example e-mail. It is much harder for regimes to control new information. Cilla Lundstrom, who himself helped, for example, the Czechoslovak Charter 77 civil rights movement to smuggle writings to the West tells the story: "The most advanced we ordinary people could do at the time, was to photograph documents that they would take up less space. Today, we could send a binary file, protected with a password, from a laptop in a phone booth. It is almost impossible to stop, "she says.

Anders Lundberg on the computer network NordNet also notes that "Today it's much easier to turn out, for example, a country's electrical system than to censor communications."

One should keep in mind that there is also a difference in general between the spread of writing and computer communications. The first could write were usually not the attitude that the art of writing was something that would be disseminated to the general public. Today, when it comes to computer communication, there is a general attitude among designers, programmers and technicians of various kinds that this is something that you should try to disseminate as widely as possible among the general public. What these people have against him is really just the economy. But since the economic system probably also have to undergo a major modernization in the future I think personally that there will be no problems.

Many humanists talk a lot about the language will not change much when the amount of information is increasing rapidly. One that describes it well is the linguist John Doe in the article Language use and language in the Information Society (Språkvård 1/89). He writes that the systematization of the forms can lead to people being forced to adjust complicated answers to straight answers. This is obviously a problem, but I personally think that we would come across it even if we had not computerized society. He also writes about the increasing use of numbers, combinations of letters and abbreviations, it can cause problems for many. This is a problem which I also think can be solved with a little good will. It need not be so difficult to express themselves so that people understand.

I think it's great if people can communicate with each other in a very simple way. It can remove many strange prejudice and oppression in society.

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