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Is Technology Playing a Part in Your Vote?

In this election year, the candidates have to face the modern issues that technology brings. I don't just mean the use of technology in the campaign, like Palin's sudden Wikipedia debut or watching speeches on the Internet; I mean how the candidates themselves regard technology. In one corner, Barack Obama is perceived as the tech-savvy candidate, as an iPhone user, the promoter of an iPhone App, and a campaign website with a user-friendly interface. He's facing off with the less tech-savvy McCain, of whom much has been made of his admission that he doesn't know how to use a computer, which raises the question of, how much do you need to understand something to pass laws on it?

On the running mate side, you have Palin, whose use of email is prolific but faulty, and the news that Biden's political history includes support for the RIAA.

Admittedly, there are far bigger issues our candidates are facing, but I do take technology into consideration, for the obvious reason that tech is a huge part of my life.

So tell me, are any tech issues affecting your vote in any way?

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hmmmInteresting hmmmInteresting 7 years
oh yeah- one other thing: analog politicians just can't play and win in our digital world...
hmmmInteresting hmmmInteresting 7 years
Politician's position on Technology, influencing my vote? No. They do not regularly participate in this field, so I am not sure their opinion really matters. What can the next president actually do with regard to technology- write policy? Google, Apple, Microsoft, ISP's among others are the ones in charge. I think it's more interesting how technology has been able to influence these elections. You Tube, Google Lab projects like: http://labs.google.com/inquotes/index.html, Twitter, News sites with interactive graphical displays, Facebook, MySpace, etc. When I was 18 the major initiative to increase young people to vote was done by MTV, maybe called Rock the vote. That was how young people were encouraged to participate in the Political process. Now the list of things using TECHNOLOGY is absolutely endless. If you do not recognize that the arena is affected by this factor you are missing something monumental.
itsme3683 itsme3683 7 years
and Lainetm, I COMPLETELY agree!
itsme3683 itsme3683 7 years
Additionally, I think it's important to point out that even though Obama is definitely more tech-savvy (he's younger, after all) but even though McCain isn't exactly a computer nerd (I can't imagine they have video games at POW camps), I personally think that his incentive policies for technological advancement are better thought out and have greater chance of success than those of Obama.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
no you don't have to understand something to pass a law on it. that's what your cabinet is for. it is nice if you care enough to learn something but no one can be a master of all trades. technology is very important in our society and a lot of political issues connect to how we use technology, such as electronic healthcare records; government surviellence on cell phones, computers and other gadgets; and even how we vote. a disregard for technology is an indication to me that you are out of touch with present times. even my old aunts and uncles have email and use a computer. a person running for president should understand how they work. they do run our country afterall. (think eagle eye minus the steroids.)
mayara mayara 7 years
To those who are talking about how much a president actually has time to use a computer, and the looking it up himself vs having someone else look it up -- that's not so much a factor in my decision, exactly, and to any extent that it might be, it is *way* down the list, of course, but there are all kinds of associated issues that are of importance to me that *do* feed into my decision and *are* related to technology.As was asked in the original post, there is the question of how much someone needs to know about something to pass laws on it, and based on laws passed since even when Clinton was still in office, the answer is clearly that they don't feel the need to know much of anything, and many are quite okay with pulling things out from where the sun doesn't shine. There are patents that clearly should not exist, laws that don't even make sense because they're unenforceable and/or show a misunderstanding of technology.I care, along with other issues, about free speech and fair use issues, both of which do connect very much with technology. I care about copyright and patent protections that encourage innovation, as they're supposed to, rather than padding the pockets of big corporations in the short term at the cost of the rest of us, including areas which very much connect with technology.I don't care about whether someone can handle hours at a keyboard. (Especially since one can know about technology, and even use quite a bit of it, without being able to use a keyboard.) I care about whether they care to understand basics of what is happening in the technological world and the impacts that has on how the world and the people in it operate. I care whether they understand that filters that are supposed to "protect the children" simply cannot work. And that you can't necessarily tell what is and isn't P2P vs other traffic, nor whether said P2P is legal traffic vs piracy.And I care whether they understand that they can't say something one day, something different the next to a different group of people (e.g., McCain and immigration reform), and then claim that they never do that, as there will be blog posts out there with the YouTube clips posted together, spreading the word to those who are online these days, some of whom will then pass the information on to people they know who aren't.The times are a-changin', like they've always been. I want someone who listens to those who actually understand what's going on rather than someone who tries to get away with things that used to work, but don't so much anymore.I don't care whether a candidate types many emails or personally uses an iPhone. Actually, I myself refuse to get an iPhone, my cellphone is years old and will remain my cellphone until it dies, and I'm a bit of a neo-Luddite. I'll even admit it on that last one; I don't think that technology is always a great thing, and I think that even potentially good technology runs the risk of isolating us and making our lives worse in some ways, rather than better. At the same time, there are definitely some good things it's brought us. And I want a president who I believe will at least listen to those more knowledgeable than himself when making related decisions.
mayara mayara 7 years
To those who are talking about how much a president actually has time to use a computer, and the looking it up himself vs having someone else look it up -- that's not so much a factor in my decision, exactly, and to any extent that it might be, it is *way* down the list, of course, but there are all kinds of associated issues that are of importance to me that *do* feed into my decision and *are* related to technology. As was asked in the original post, there is the question of how much someone needs to know about something to pass laws on it, and based on laws passed since even when Clinton was still in office, the answer is clearly that they don't feel the need to know much of anything, and many are quite okay with pulling things out from where the sun doesn't shine. There are patents that clearly should not exist, laws that don't even make sense because they're unenforceable and/or show a misunderstanding of technology. I care, along with other issues, about free speech and fair use issues, both of which do connect very much with technology. I care about copyright and patent protections that encourage innovation, as they're supposed to, rather than padding the pockets of big corporations in the short term at the cost of the rest of us, including areas which very much connect with technology. I don't care about whether someone can handle hours at a keyboard. (Especially since one can know about technology, and even use quite a bit of it, without being able to use a keyboard.) I care about whether they care to understand basics of what is happening in the technological world and the impacts that has on how the world and the people in it operate. I care whether they understand that filters that are supposed to "protect the children" simply cannot work. And that you can't necessarily tell what is and isn't P2P vs other traffic, nor whether said P2P is legal traffic vs piracy. And I care whether they understand that they can't say something one day, something different the next to a different group of people (e.g., McCain and immigration reform), and then claim that they never do that, as there will be blog posts out there with the YouTube clips posted together, spreading the word to those who are online these days, some of whom will then pass the information on to people they know who aren't. The times are a-changin', like they've always been. I want someone who listens to those who actually understand what's going on rather than someone who tries to get away with things that used to work, but don't so much anymore. I don't care whether a candidate types many emails or personally uses an iPhone. Actually, I myself refuse to get an iPhone, my cellphone is years old and will remain my cellphone until it dies, and I'm a bit of a neo-Luddite. I'll even admit it on that last one; I don't think that technology is always a great thing, and I think that even potentially good technology runs the risk of isolating us and making our lives worse in some ways, rather than better. At the same time, there are definitely some good things it's brought us. And I want a president who I believe will at least listen to those more knowledgeable than himself when making related decisions.
skb9850 skb9850 7 years
Clinton only wrote 2 emails while he was in office. Does that mean he didn't know how to use the computer?People need to remember that McCain's hands and shoulders don't work that well because of the torture he endured in Vietnam. He has great difficulty using the keyboard and mouse.
skb9850 skb9850 7 years
Clinton only wrote 2 emails while he was in office. Does that mean he didn't know how to use the computer? People need to remember that McCain's hands and shoulders don't work that well because of the torture he endured in Vietnam. He has great difficulty using the keyboard and mouse.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years
If a candidate is spending time keeping up with the latest cell phones and web sites, what is he *not* keeping up with? I'd much rather my elected representatives understand issues and international relations. I'm less afraid of John McCain and Sarah Palin in the White House than I am Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 7 years
If a candidate is spending time keeping up with the latest cell phones and web sites, what is he *not* keeping up with? I'd much rather my elected representatives understand issues and international relations. I'm less afraid of John McCain and Sarah Palin in the White House than I am Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Do we really think President Bush has time to sit down and fire a few emails out? Do we really believe Clinton had time when he was in office? The answers to both are no. They have a <b>staff</b> to do those things for them.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Do we really think President Bush has time to sit down and fire a few emails out? Do we really believe Clinton had time when he was in office? The answers to both are no. They have a staff to do those things for them.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Gem, I'm not slinging anything. But if you use words like "scaring" people into voting for something, that is fascism, I might even argue that its terrorism.There are plenty of reasons people vote the way they do, and that should be respected.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Gem, I'm not slinging anything. But if you use words like "scaring" people into voting for something, that is fascism, I might even argue that its terrorism. There are plenty of reasons people vote the way they do, and that should be respected.
chancleta chancleta 7 years
who gives a crap if he looks something up from him self or if he has someone look it up?
chancleta chancleta 7 years
who gives a crap if he looks something up from him self or if he has someone look it up?
gemsera gemsera 7 years
Hausfrau would you care to give an opinion instead of slinging names? As I said, open to opinion here :)
HeidiMD HeidiMD 7 years
It is most definitely NOT a deal-breaker for me, but computer-savvy lends a certain credibility to a person. When I see an older person who is a professional like McCain, I would expect them to know at least the basics of computer use (word processing, the Internet, etc.). It just makes me see him as someone who might be a little out of touch with reality.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
"should scare that nation into doing the right thing"sounds like fascism at its finest!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
"should scare that nation into doing the right thing" sounds like fascism at its finest!
vitisva vitisva 7 years
It has nothing to do with my vote and it never occurred to me that that would seriously sway anyone's vote. But I WOULD prefer my president be able to use a computer.
gemsera gemsera 7 years
Would you guys just vote already and be done with it.Lord help the US and the rest of the world should McCain/Palin get in. Just the high risk factor of *lipstick* Palin being president due to McCains incapacitation (he is 72 after all) should scare that nation into doing the right thing.IMHO, I am open to all others opinions, however have my own and feel very strongly.
gemsera gemsera 7 years
Would you guys just vote already and be done with it. Lord help the US and the rest of the world should McCain/Palin get in. Just the high risk factor of *lipstick* Palin being president due to McCains incapacitation (he is 72 after all) should scare that nation into doing the right thing. IMHO, I am open to all others opinions, however have my own and feel very strongly.
Purly Purly 7 years
Are you kidding me? McCain can't use a computer? Seriously?
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