If only Blogs Existed in 1984
I was reading the exchange between Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and CNN's Wolf Blitzer today on Eschaton...
Specter Claim:... along with other items of interest on Fatmixx, and after having seen Donald Rumsfeld caught in a lie on Face the Nation this week, this might be obvious, but it seems that one of the most effective uses of the Internet is the ability to maintain a distributed public record of history. Record-keepers' agendas, biases, and prejudices will always creep into the picture, but because the network is distributed, there is no way to either shut it down or to revise history.
“The Bush administration never made any claim that there was a connection between Saddam and al Qaeda.” – Senator Arlen Specter, 3/21/04
Bush Administration Claims:
“There's no question that Saddam Hussein had al Qaeda ties.” – President Bush, 9/17/03
"There's overwhelming evidence there was a connection between al Qaeda and the Iraqi government. I am very confident that there was an established relationship there." - Vice President Cheney, 1/22/04
"There clearly are contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq that can be documented." – National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, 9/25/02
The distributed record keepers always existed in some fashion, I suppose, but personal publishing on the web puts the content out there, and search engines make it accessible, if one is looking for it.