The upheaval in Egypt and other countries of the Middle East once again reminded me of a prophetic book that I read nearly 30 years ago.
"Megatrends" by John Naisbitt opened my eyes to the power of information and the Information Age.
I am sure most people think the revolution in Egypt began with Facebook and the other social networks.
Not true. The revolution began years ago, not with social networks and blogging but with - of all things - satellite television.
Naisbitt explained in his 1982 book that the information delivered worldwide by satellite television would rapidly change the political contour of the earth. In fact, he said, neither a single dictator nor his two-bit attempts to keep people in the dark would be able to withstand the onslaught of television.
He even went so far as to predict that all political boundaries would in time crumble to dust because of TV signals being sent around the world across those boundaries.
About 10 years after the publication of that book, the first curtain fell to the TV influence. It was the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Empire.
I know, I know. Many of you still believe the Soviet Union crumbled because Ronald Reagan said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
It didn't happen that way. It happened because those living in the Soviet Union had TV satellite dishes, were watching western television, and were rapidly coming to the realization that their leaders were lying to them about what the West was really like.
In fact, the Soviet leaders and Reagan saw the handwriting on the wall long before Reagan demanded it be torn down.