Kampala is under attack but the denizens don’t realise. And they might never realise until the invaders are sucking blood straight from their necks. The advent of the net brought many things to mankind and humanity adopted new gods. The guys who brought Google and all the other techno gizmos became instant hits. Even now, there are those who think the coolest thing in the world is to look like Bill Gates, and not because he gives out billions to fight malaria.
Maybe we should not be raising our brows at the way the internet has dominated everything we do now but the Google phenomenon is more than a little bit frightening. There was a time when we actually used the brains we spent time training in school. When someone asked what time it was, we would actually look at the wristwatch on our hand and tell the time. When someone wanted to know how many teeth there are in the mouth of an adult human, all we had to do was flip the pages in our head and go to that time in P4 science where Miss Kasule taught about that.
But that is all in the past. We are now a nation of zombies. The phrase, “Google it,” is becoming really scary. It is a lot like the background music in a horror show where the heroine is walking backwards and the slasher is waiting quietly with a big knife.
Where are we going to end with this trend? Maybe we’ll never know. The company was not here ten years ago but they have grown at a rate that must have the nerd of all nerds, Mr. Gates really scared. What makes it even more eerie is the secrecy that the Google management keeps. It is like the Coca Cola secret formula; only a few chosen people know the real formula and when they start talking, you and I will feel like the outsiders we really are (Okay, that’s just an urban legend but it still sounds cool). Same with the Google guys. They have their own language and lots of secrets about things that probably should not be secret anyway.
And that is what makes it so scary. These mysterious guys are slowly reeling in the whole world but we don’t care. Or we don’t realise. What if they turn out to be sinister psychos and all this is part of some sinister grand plan? While we click away, they are getting all the information they need and when the time is ripe, they will initiate The Final Solution. And where the Fuhrer failed, they probably will not because we have been so easy to take in. For all we know, the time is ripe already. We are referring more and more to this search engine for the answers to even the simplest questions.
Seriously, what do you make of a generation of people who when asked who the Vice President of Uganda is, will tell you to “Google it?”