Jan 23, 2009

The problems of the "MILLENIUM" generation.... get to keep their BLACKBERRY and their MAC ????

One reason Barack Obama was elected president was his ability to connect with younger voters. Has one of the Israeli politians hear about it ? 

But what's interesting is how he made that connection. It is to early to "historically" understand it. I will definitely be looking at it.
While most American and Israeli candidates appeare flabbergasted by mobile phones, internet and computers (Bibi has tried, says he is "connected"but has no real understanding ), Obama made a digital connection with many voters for whom technology ranks equally with food, shelter and clothing as life's necessities.

Obama believes that the "democratization of data" will guide a new way forward.
Yes, Obama is seemingly a technophile -- he is reportedly addicted to his BlackBerry and will also be the first sitting U.S. president to simulcast his weekly radio address on YouTube.

Obama's support of Net neutrality and his legislative backing of USAspending.gov, a Web site that tracks federal spending on contracts, grants and other expenditures, could signal that technology will play a more prominent role in government and governance. Hopefully somebody in Israel will hear about it.

I will believe the "new era " has arrived when I see applications based on "user-generated government,"  which is a buzzword for applications that are developed and created by public citizens using data that is released openly by the government.

Obama C generation staffers could not  work because of a  "generation" gap in technology. 
They want MACs and Blackberry or Iphones.. 
Looks like the Bush administration, like many organizations worlwide,  used old reliable Microsoft. 
great link:
another great one on the subject

--"impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing. The team was left struggling"--

1 comment:

Barbara D. Holtzman said...

Not sure why this angered so many. I still prefer windows based machines, and I take no offense from those who disagree. As to why so many powerful people are such technophobes, it's probably because they can afford to have staff who are. People who refuse to take the very little time required to learn new technology will fall under the last category: "lead, follow, or get out of the way."