I’ve been pondering this for some time now.
It is easier now than ever before in history to get your word out there. This blog is an excellent example. All I need is a little bit of computer knowledge and to have access to one. I don’t need to know the first thing about how any of it works, and so long as I have access to some public space that lets me use their computer (like a library) I don’t need to own anything.
Anyone with these two qualifications can now broadcast their ideas and opinions to the whole world. I’m not sure that’s necessarily a good thing. Now, I’m absolutely NOT in favour of censorship, but at the same time, I also think that not all opinions are of equal value.
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
What if people actually had to know something about the technology they used before they were able to use it?