Would Aliens use Facebook to mass communicate with us rather than trust our politicians? Earth may be regarded, by races billions of years old and billions of years old, as either an oddity, a zoo, or something of an amusement. The universe is a wild place, we're part of it, but what is our true value to visitors from out there? To understand how Aliens sees us, we first have to understand our own history of exploration, contact and diplomacy, like when the Old World powers met the New World tribes. Earth history is littered with cruel jokes on unwitting peoples, where the collision of East meets West ended with one party screwed over, or just wiped out of existence. Why should Earth's destiny among other races of the universe be any different? Fortunately history can advise us on the implications of mixing with advanced alien cultures, yet technology shifts the means by which alien contact and diplomacy will integrate with our digital world. The responsibility for contact has moved from military elites and those in the know, to the wider, connected public. We have to be prepared to face our past in order to face the future: Soon, now, or a day in the far future, we will make real alien contact and our diplomacy will either have us subjugated and naively enslaved, or equipped with knowledge and technology that enables us to explore the stars.
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