Words are power
Where words are, there is power.
Where power is, there are words.
“1%=99%” is the formula used, these days, mostly to describe where the money is, however, it equally applies to power.
When words were new, all the power went straight to who could read and write—the original one percent.
That is how “1%=99%” got started, and power has been on the heels of words ever since, with a couple of shifts in power along the way.
For the first couple of thousand years, the power was in the hands of the 1% who knew from the start in the beginning is the word.
When storytelling was invented, that original 1% owned the storytellers, and 5,000 years ago, when writing got added to the mix, they owned the papyrus, scribes, seals, and messengers required. A little later yet, 582 years ago, the early printing presses were also priced with the 1% in mind.
At long last, everything changed when the typewriter showed up and turned everybody into a storyteller. Thus, 153 years ago, the power shifted from the old 1% to the new 1% who began using words outside of the old structures to produce encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference works.
Closest to us, the internet changed everything again. Though made of words and the world’s most-read reference work, on the internet, words by themselves no longer matter.
The newest 1%, also known as “The Big Tech,” aren’t powerful because they have a lot of words, but because they have a lot of words about you.
As we speak, it is all about you as is, and you are on the ball with me, so is this user manual.
Where might the power be at time of writing?
Regardless of percentage, how they treat you is their power.
How you respond is yours.