Monday, June 30, 2008

Computer Challenged

We all know by now that Senator McCain does not know how to use a computer. Something as simple as email is foreign to him.

I think we should be concerned that he has neither the inclination nor the curiosity that would make him want to learn just the basic things about computer technology. When did he decide he didn’t need to keep up with everyday progress? Are there other areas where he is as out of touch?

Is he purposely refusing to learn or is he incapable of learning? Either reason is disturbing.

21 Comments:

Blogger Distributorcap said...

Are there other areas where he is as out of touch?

i dont think the computer has enough bytes to list them

can we start with singing bomb bomb bomb iran

or not paying taxes on his house

or calling his wife the c word in public

or wanting to continue bush tax cuts for the rich

or embracing the religious right

or not bothering to vote in the senate since April

or that is he out of touch with the world on almost every issue

June 30, 2008 2:00 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Although I profess to being somewhat of a Luddite as of late, I find this rather disconcerting. But then everything he does lately scares me...

June 30, 2008 3:17 AM  
Blogger The Donut Guy said...

Whaddya expect....he sucks at flying planes too.

June 30, 2008 4:05 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

What Dcap... and everyone else said!

It scares me when people lack intellectual curiosity.

Which is one of many reasons I loathe McCain, Bush etc...

And of course, why I adore you and this blog.

This is the veritable epicenter of intellectual curiosity.

Thank you!

June 30, 2008 4:51 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

I, for 1, don't hanker for _another_ president who refuses to learn.

is anyone else sick to death of the word, 'nucular' after 7 1/2 years? you KNOW he's heard it pronounced correctly--even inside his bubble--but he just keeps on keepin on.

and what does this say about all those things more important to the rest of us than grammar?

June 30, 2008 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

PoP, Everyone knows that I'm not a McCain fan but in his defense he doesn't need to know how to use the internet. We use it for news and opinions and social interaction. He has people tell him everything he needs to know every morning.

Do you really want your president reading blogs for 2 years everyday?

I'm just sayin. Still not voting for him. Go Obama.

Matt
www.idealcrap.com

June 30, 2008 6:25 AM  
Blogger Jim Yeager said...

There are plenty of things about McCain which disturb me (hat tip to distributor cap for highlighting many of them), but his computer illiteracy isn't one of them. How old is this guy? 71? 72? Is it really unusual for a man his age not to know how to use a computer? Even if it's just because he doesn't want to learn, I still don't think that's altogether strange. Computer keyboards do use the same QWERTY letter arrangement typewriters used fifty years ago, but how many young men were learning how to type back then? Other than those who were authors and journalists, anyway. McCain was neither -- he was busy learning how not to fly a plane.

And if he's just a technophobe, well, hell, I'm only 37, I bristle at the sight of an iPod, and yet I love music -- I think most people would regard that at least as strange as McCain's hangup with computers, if not more so. (Actually, I bristle at the sight of an iPod because I love music. But that's another story...)

June 30, 2008 6:31 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

i still screw up my dvd player and my tv if i'm not careful but my mom is 89 and can work her computer well enough for e-mail.

it's not his age that scares me. it's his mindset.

June 30, 2008 8:34 AM  
Anonymous via said...

Yes, he sounds disturbingly like the strapping specimen of homo simpleton currently fouling the Oval Office. Incurious and oblivious even to something as basic as gasoline prices that affect mere mortals every day.

June 30, 2008 8:39 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I think McFossil, Bush, and a lot of the reichwingers have no use for learning. They think they already know everything, so any other knowledge is useless. Sadly, many Amurkans agree with them--hence our current Chimp-o-matic prezdint.

June 30, 2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

these guys get lots of practice by embracing fundie christianity. that shit requires aggressive ignorance. you have to expend energy and shit to stay stupid about plain facts such as the truth of evolution.

right now the part that worries me the most is the way that they are using those aggressive ignorance chops on what's about to happen to our economy.

the ways things are shaping up 1929 looks like a cakewalk.

good thing i grew up poor, i know how to do that shit.

June 30, 2008 8:57 AM  
Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

If he is anti-inernet this week, I am sure that he will be pro-internet within a week or two. He is very mercurial, you know. :o)

June 30, 2008 10:06 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

I'm sure the current criminal posing as President can show him much; like how to use the Google thingy to look at some ranch in Texas.

June 30, 2008 11:21 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I understand from reading other blogs, that he's unaware of the price of gasoline as well. Shades of George The First Loser in a supermarket looking at a scanner.

June 30, 2008 1:09 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

POP
He is a lying idiot as you may agree! He is too busy taking care of the military doing the right thing for the people. He has peons I mean people for that!

June 30, 2008 2:57 PM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

You know, PoP, not all "advances" are truly advances, and not all true advances are for everyone.

Having said that, I wonder if Johnny's learned to take his Viagra. Because when all this is said and done, that's where he'll be: advertising woody enhancers alongside Bob Dole.

Well.

At least he's cuter than Bob, eh?

June 30, 2008 3:45 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

McCain is a few years younger than my Dad would have been. Dad never would learn the computer either. I wonder if it is a generational thing with men that age.

Still, if a man is going to be President, you would think he would want or need to learn how to use a computer.

June 30, 2008 7:21 PM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

On a positive the carrier pigeon business will expand under president luddite.

July 01, 2008 12:01 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

To me the computer is so tied in with our current culture and ways of operating, that if someone hasn't the slightest idea about how it all happens, they couldn't possibly understand the current situation.

If you don't understand how the computer has made so many jobs redundant, or how news can spread like wildfire, or how Al Qaeda can operate across borders, how can you understand what to do about these things? It just doesn't make sense to me.

And also just in general, if someone is too old to learn something new like the computer, they are too old to have an open mind to new ideas either. So I find it highly disturbing.

July 07, 2008 3:51 PM  
Blogger Caminante said...

"Dad never would learn the computer either. I wonder if it is a generational thing with men that age. "

Hm. My 83+ year-old father and I have long conversations about our Macs (we are the only two in the family who use them) and he's the one who got me going on Macs 20 years ago.

OT, when did McC call his wife the C word? I have seen that reference pop up but didn't realise he actually had done that.

July 08, 2008 3:32 PM  
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