Remember when the Berlin wall came down and the Soviet Union ended up breaking up? People talked about the power of decentralizaiton, about how simple faxes were used by individual Soviet citizens to tell the world what was going on and topple the ultimate centralized power?
Or the impact of the television coverage of the Vietnam war had such an effect on the way things turned out? Or Tiananmen Square? Or the impact of consumer camcorders on the impact of the Rodney King trial and subsequent riots in L.A.?
The shameful and shocking scandal of prisoner abuse and torture follows the same pattern. Who can imagine what was going through the minds of these people as they were committing these acts? Who, further can imagine what they were thinking as they were taking snapshots of this?
But see where it’s leading: who would have thought that these people wandering around with their pocket Canon’s and Nikons will have had a profound, long-term, global impact on this country and this war. Ultimate decentralization, again.