Forget the economy, healthcare, the war in Iraq. For some, the next President of the United States will need to rise to a far higher bar: Is he an e-mail junkie, or still stuck on snail mail?
John McCain’s lack of e-mail-savvy was the butt of recent Obama/Biden campaign ads. “Things have changed in the last 26 years. But McCain hasn’t” goes the refrain. The subtext: if voted in as leader of the free world, could he actually lead in a technology-dependent society? In contrast, Barack Obama’s online social networking campaign-orchestrated by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes-promises a truly plugged-in president.
Yet strip away the superficiality and there is something missing in both campaigns-where is the science that will support the technology needed to keep America great in the 21st century? Read the rest of this entry »