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osOpinion: The Media and Its Techno-Ignorance

Jan 25, 2001, 06:39 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nadeau)

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"It is pretty obvious from listening to the mainstream media that the talking heads don't understand technology, the Internet, and the freewheeling culture that comes with it. More importantly, they fail to understand the principle that "a big enough quantitative change eventually leads to a qualitative change," as one philosopher put it."

"But above all, the mainstream media do not understand technology people. They confuse technology management with technology workers in a way that differs from other industries. For example, when did a news article about technology issues -- imported high-tech replacement workers, recruitment of high-tech employees, an Internet sales tax -- ever interview rank-and-file engineers or programmers?"

"Instead, the media will typically talk to a consultant, or more often a corporate spokesperson, a spinmeister. The media continues to promote the ideas, the values, and the agendas of corporations and their front-men. They do not speak for the average techie."

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