Monday, August 04, 2008
Presidential Race 2.0: Does Technology Matter?
We've never had a president who fully embraced -- as a matter of lifestyle -- social technologies.
Some of that is simply because the technologies didn't exist in any mainstream way until very recently; however, we're now well into the second decade on the Web and it's high time to start thinking about the relationship our candidates have with technology.
The New York Times, which published a piece about McCain's analogy candidacy, makes a point that others in the technology sphere have said: If we live in a world where computers and computing is ubiquitous, is it rational to have someone who has no understanding of what that means running the country?
Setting aside the international implications of the presidency (because in the past four elections we chose a candidate with on foreign policy experience), understanding the economy and the implications that go with it -- education, legislation, training, policing -- is the top priority.
That's no small task considering the Intellectual Property-based companies make up, by some estimates, 40 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product -- and laws regulating the use of that IP estimate it generates $4.5 trillion in revenues.
Clearly no one person can understand the complexities that dictate a digital economy, but it's important to realize that the bulk of our economic engine depends upon successfully negotiating that terrain. And that doesn't mean that because Obama uses a Blackberry and McCain doesn't email that the Democratic nominee would make a better president (hopefully, they will appoint really smart economists).
The question is simply this: In an age when using networks and computers have become everyday activities for the bulk of the country, how important is it for our candidates to be verse in that world?
By Brad at 08:52 AM | Comments (2)