Clinton's Digital Divide Rebuttal
matusiak at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 5 16:51:39 EDT 2000
please allow the young, over-worked, under-paid/appreciated, and obviously
stupid person to comment:
blistery, blustery, blue
blue in the face, that is.
i.e. provide/give/tutor/mentor/genuflect until you are blue in the
face...... then see where/what it gets you.
this whole issue is beyond my level of comprehension. whatever happened to
the whole "god helps those who help themselves" thing??
i mean, place every tool known to man in front of someone and what happens
to their motivation to accomplish anything? well, sit tight and soon enough
another bus of liberals (in an election year) will be by to provide whatever
else you desire...
add to this the pervasive disinterest in technology / technological
advancement by the masses and you've got a nice prescription for millions of
dollars of IT equipment gathering dust.
sorry to sound like such an a**hole, but no one is coming into my house to
give me free DSL and a new PC. in fact, i can't even seem to get DSL
installed via a _paid_ service. but that is beside the point. what really
*is* the point is, until someone (by that, i mean ANYONE) is enlightened
enough to perceive their own future and take an interest in it, there is no
sense in handing them a cow they will not take the time to milk.
next, consider the average persons interest level in computers. any kid in
the country who enjoys computers is likely branded a "sissy" and tortured
because of their interest. and if they maintain their personal motivational
level, eventually, they get the hell out of there and make some dough in the
city. i'm sorry, but this hearkens back to my personal responsibility
issue. i'm not about to head out to fuquay to take heckling from some
rednecks' kids about being a "geek" or a "weirdo" --- all while i'm trying
to do my laudable civic duty and bridge the "digital divide."
how 'bout we get realistic and rename it the "cultural divide" or something
else more accurate.
to continue: there are PCs and internet service available free to anyone in
almost all public libraries. public schools (even in rural areas) are
installing machines and service all the time. i.e. "the project is coming
along." so now why the push to get f*cking broadband out to the sticks??
so they can look at bestiality porn that much quicker??
this is all totally ridiculous. place a greater responsibility (or burden
if you're evil) on those _already_ paying the majority of taxes and abiding
by the social contract, so those slacking can slack more. puh-leeze.
i am not against social programs, i just think that this issue has been
twisted out of proportion to look like we are all taking advantage of those
"poor people" whilst we kick back smoking cigars and passing the Beluga; all
the while plotting our next world-domination tactic to keep the masses at
our feet. last time i checked (20 minutes ago) my life was *not* like this.
what about incentive?
what about personal drive?
what about taking an interest in your self/life/education/future?
maybe we should be teaching these kids that "the rest of your life will be a
total f*cking waste unless you learn a valuable skill?"
debate welcomed : maybe i'm dumber than i think.
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