Having just done a little research and write up for my IMM class on Marshall McLuhan, the father of the electronic age, when I came across this entry on a new blog I learned of from SuperFastComputer, I was compelled to post a comment about it. It references an article written about the original coining of the term "Second Superpower" by a New York Times writer named Patrick Tyler in February, 2003:
Tyler wrote: "...the huge anti-war demonstrations around the world this weekend are reminders that there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion."
Though when a similar essay was written by Harvard Law's James Moore on the very same topic only weeks later, it was subsequently linked to by so many bloggers that it shot up the Google PageRank system quickly, so fast that the original work was all but washed away by links to the latter. Interesting and poignant to Marshall McLuhan's vision of a "Global Village", as indicated by SuperFastComputer, as well as to Orwell in 1984 with the washing away or rewriting of history in the electronic age, a connection that The Register made.
Some tasty morsels indeed.