[LINK] Re: Link Digest, Vol 170, Issue 38

Stewart Fist stewart_fist at optusnet.com.au
Wed Jan 17 18:03:23 AEDT 2007

Brendan writes:

> So you'd rather the government spent the money on weapons instead
> of laptops? 

I assume you just let your emotions get you carried away here, because this
is patently ridiculous.

In your off-list comment,
> I wouldn't necessarily give them radios or TVs before a laptop.

... you are also ridiculously over the top.

The fact is that illiterate people can understand audio and video - but
surfing the net is generally beyond their capabilities.  You can build a
radio with a solar panel or hand-generator that doesn't need a month's wages
for batteries.  A radio station for millions can be programmed by a few
people from their own community who know the language.

And if we aren't talking about these devices for the Third World, then what
are we talking about?

Stewart Fist, writer, journalist, film-maker
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