The issue of John McCain’s lack of computer experience has failed to get the attention in the mass media I feel it deserves. Some have acknowledged that McCain’s lack of experience effectively looses him the vote of almost everyone under 30. However, the problem is that the mass media seems to be treating this issue as just par for the course for a man of McCain’s age. They’ve been treating it as just a cultural issue of little importance.
That’s just unacceptable. My grandfather (who’s 10 years older than McCain) has been tooling around on the internet for a decade. But, more importantly, this is a far bigger issue than the mere “behind the times” one that people seem to think it is.
American innovation isn’t with nuts and bolts anymore; it’s on the internet. Yahoo, Google, Ebay, Amazon, YouTube… All of these are American companies (YouTube got bought by Google, but it’s still American). Internet innovation is one of the very few areas where America is still ahead of the rest of the world. It’s imperative that we ensure Americans are afforded every opportunity to remain ahead. That means we need leaders who understand how and why we’ve succeeded thus far, and have valid ideas about how to continue that success.
It genuinely scares me that some people actually think John McCain is a better candidate than Barack Obama because of his experience. I’m sorry, but the sort of experience McCain has is not the sort I want running this country. But more importantly, the areas where he lacks experience makes him completely unacceptable to me.