Ignorance Is Anything But Bliss
December 10, 2008 Leave a comment
My iGoogle home page greeted me with an article on Slashdot that couldn’t be ignored. When Teachers Are Obstacles to Linux in Education article is based on the Blog of helios. As I read the blog and comments I just sit there with my jaw open. But then I got to thinking about it. This is a sad but true reality. Most people who use computers for personal use don’t know the first thing about them. Odd thing is most people have come to expect things like Blue Screen of Death, having to reboot after every update (which come more and more frequently), slow to operate, expensive software options, a native browser that doesn’t properly handle poorly coded web sites, viruses and malware directly written for a specific operating system to exploit it’s weaknesses – why oh, why should this be acceptable?
People just want it to work. They don’t want to be “burdened” (I prefer to say enlightened) with learning a bit about the machine they so naively trust to be secure. Problem is accepting the aforementioned “issues” as the norm is reminds me of the quote from “The Matrix” It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. I hope that Mr. Starks is able to educate not only this teacher but many others as well. Linux is the definitely the blue pill – take it and free not only your mind but your operating system.