Monday, July 07, 2008

Technical Ecstasy

I couldn't possibly care less that McCain claims to hate the bloggerses (not to mention, um, "the cables"). I'm more intrigued by the very real suspicion that one of the two men who will be putatively running this country in the next six months probably couldn't find a blog with both hands and a flashlight.

Seriously, my seven-year-old daughter has no trouble navigating and googling (with supervision as to content, of course). And it's not an age thing; my eighty-four-year-old father e-mails and IM's friends around the world. But McCain is a four-term US senator and a presidential candidate. He should know at least something about this shit. Despite the current shortfalls, this is still a modern, post-industrial economy heavily dependent on technological innovation. You can barely get an above-minimum-wage job anymore without at least some computer literacy.

Or you can be a United States senator, apparently. Other than that, not so much. Bosses expect at least modest fluency in Word and Excel if you have any hope of supervisor or manager positions.

Forget whether being shot down is a qualification for the job or not; is it acceptable to have a preznit who apparently can't get the VCR to stop blinking 12:00? Why not just grab a random curmudgeon from an American Legion hall, or a swarm of angry bees? They don't know anything about them durned computers neither.

1 comment:

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