UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos by Gregory R. Copley


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When I was teaching communications/rhetoric we did a lot of work with Mashall McLuens theorie's, he called these kind of folks "gatekeepeers ****," and they are. Michael is excellent on finding gatekeepers.

When do civilizations begin ... and end? And how? Is this what we are witnessing as the 21st Century matures? And as a totally new global architecture presents us with an unrecognizable world? What does it all mean for the stability of nations-states, the prosperity of societies, the way we live and wage wars over the coming decades? This study in Grand Strategy, Uncivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos, outlines how we are already entering an age in which global population levels will begin to decline substantially, even as urbanization and economically- and security-driven transnational migration gather pace. Population decline and movement patterns are also intersecting with economic, scientific, and power projection patterns, while urban social attitudes - the politics of urban societies - have created a revolutionary new political, social, and strategic reality. And urban man has also become electrical man, totally dependent on modern forms of energy. So the book looks at how energy dependency patterns are changing the opportunities and vulnerabilities of society. And the author, with five decades of work in military, intelligence and security studies, looks at how future warfare will be conducted, including cyber warfare and intelligence, and in the area of global logistics. This book shows that changes in the global strategic architecture mean that we really are engaged in an entirely new game. And it's time to learn the rules.

I listened to the author in an interview last night. He has a very interesting take on global concepts.

Has anyone read the book?



****Marshall McLuhan: Goodbye Gatekeepers?

According to McLuhan, new forms of mass communication are what can fix this issue. I agree with McLuhan in this sense because now, instead of the media gatekeepers setting the news for us and framing what we should think about and when we should think about it, citizen journalists are taking matters into their own hands and writing about what they want to hear about. Thus, the solution to the problem is this; if you don’t like what is being covered in the news, write about what you want to be covered. Before, with print media dominating the scene, this was impossible to do. Now, with blogging and citizen journalism at it’s peak, people are able to frame what they want to hear about it and when they want to hear about it. Society can break free from the bonds of “narrow-minded” thinking about a few key issues, and can broaden their horizons to discuss anything that they want, rather than what they were told to discuss by the dominant discourse of society. Is this the end of the gatekeepers?

It's amazing this guy gets it and then asks a foolish question to end his post.

In essence todays individual communication units makes everyone a gatekeeper. McLuhan's global village here.


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