Should computer noobs be in charge of a country?Mikey 9 comments
I found this video interesting because the subject once caused debate around our office. Is it important for the people who run our countries to have the rudimentary skills to use a computer? I'm not talking about programming or design, I'm talking about basic stuff like email and documents.
Some people will argue that it doesn't matter as long as they are the right person for the job, and some say using a computer is so trivial these days that not understanding how to use one makes you a bit of a dumb-arse, hence you probably shouldn't be making decisions for the country. Both my daughters aged 2 and 4 respectively can use a computer with ease so it stuns me when I see people like Senator McCain of the USofA in the video below admit he is a total computer noob who needs his wife to operate it for him.
I remember there was a supreme court judge who once admitted that he was so computer illiterate that he always had his secretary print out his emails, scary considering he was residing over a technology based case at the time.
Here in Australia our former communications minister went down in history as the worlds greatest Luddite, and he was making decisions that would shape the future of broadband. Richard Alston's interpretation of of what broadband actually was made him a total laughing stock.
Are basic computer literacy skills essential to running the country?