Revolution and Power Essay

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What is a revolution? Is it a country declaring its independence or the falling of the bourgeois? Is it brother fighting brother or the story of a nation emerging from its own ashes? Or is it neither? Revolution is the story of change: changing of power, changing of governments, changing of minds. Power has become an increasingly hard term to define, especially when it is so intertwined with some of civilization’s most dynamic aspects, people and technology. Technology changes power. It is common knowledge to never bring a knife to a gunfight, or a gun to a bomb fight. In either scenario, one would not wish to be on the losing end, and technology is setting the bar higher each day. But, as stated before, power is intertwined with both …show more content…
What is a revolution? Is it a country declaring its independence or the falling of the bourgeois? Is it brother fighting brother or the story of a nation emerging from its own ashes? Or is it neither? Revolution is the story of change: changing of power, changing of governments, changing of minds. Power has become an increasingly hard term to define, especially when it is so intertwined with some of civilization’s most dynamic aspects, people and technology. Technology changes power. It is common knowledge to never bring a knife to a gunfight, or a gun to a bomb fight. In either scenario, one would not wish to be on the losing end, and technology is setting the bar higher each day. But, as stated before, power is intertwined with both technology and people. If power truly is dependent on technological and human factors, it can be determined that technological changes and cultural changes are intimately intertwined. To verify this, one must look at the relationship between technology and human culture, first, by examining exemplars of technological change, and second, by examining the resistance and acceptance of these revolutions. Technological revolutions are the process of one technology being replaced by another. For those in power that rely heavily on technology (as historically an increasing number have), the only available options are to adapt to the new technology, or lose their power. This can be seen in many places and in many times, ranging from mid-14th century
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