When it comes to the major issues of the presidential campaign, the talking heads spend hours seriously analyzing the candidate’s statements on foreign policy, health care, immigration and all the rest.
When it comes to technology issues, however, it’s merely amusing if the president or Congressional leaders don’t have a clue.
As a nation, we wouldn’t tolerate such ignorance about any other area of policymaking. Would we be amused if it came out that Joe Biden, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wasn’t clear about the difference between Shiites and Sunnis or couldn’t find Sudan on a map?
So why is it so funny that the octogenarian Stevens, the top Republican senator on the committee that regulates the Web, doesn’t know the difference between the Internet and an e-mail?
Some presidential candidates — you know, the ones always talking about ensuring that the United States can compete in a fast-moving, tech-savvy world — seem to be getting a pass on technological literacy.
But this problem isn’t limited to our national leaders.
We give a similar pass to school administrators, teachers, and other adults who choose to remain uninformed about the technologies that are an increasingly integrated part of everyday life.
The writer of this opinion piece says that the US “can’t afford to have its leaders’ base of knowledge be rooted in the industrial era”.
However, shouldn’t that also be true of every educated member of our society?