Power and the Internets
How would you vote (Lifehacker poll closed) regarding the question “How tech-savvy should the President be?” Here’s a sample of 4800 opinions. Read the choices below, cast your vote, then I’ll tell you mine.
- Extremely–there’s no way you can have a job that important and not be comfortable online. 27% (1279 votes)
- Somewhat important, but I don’t expect the President to know what Twitter is. 49% (2342 votes)
- Not at all important. No President is going to be an expert in every subject; that’s why the President has advisors. 9% (439 votes)
- Level of tech skill won’t decide my vote, but I would be more comfortable with a President who came across as clueful about computers. 16% (764 votes)
I think I’d vote EXTREMELY important. The online infrastructure is increasingly central to world commerce, integral to communications of an expanding variety of digital information types, and perilously at risk both from misguided regulation and to outside attack.
A president who does not use computers and the Internet cannot be a vigilant guardian of what is good about those tools that must be protected or can he (or she) understand the risk for having our electronic biosphere fall into the hands of the “evil doers.”
I don’t expect a Jason Bourne or McGuyver, but being able to find fast facts and send off a quick query to a fact-holding cabinet member could come in very handy in our uncertain and increasingly fast-paced wired future.
It seems to me that for an adult in a position of such power in government to have willfully spurned these tools reflects and anti-technology bias and perhaps an maladaptive resistance to change.
Note: that neither the incumbent or his party’s nominee are computer users is my understanding
So what’s your take?