Politicians are notoriously out of touch with the connected world that we live in. Is this acceptable? Alex Watson contemplates tubes, emails and political parties dedicated to the cause of piracy.
"Senator Stevens isn’t the only one who is, to put in bluntly, a n00b – here in the UK, Tony Blair getting his own e-mail account was regarded as an event so momentous that it deserved a report from the BBC. Politicians are famous for not getting it – whether ‘it’ is popular music, video games, iPods, the menace posed by hooded jumpers and rappers – but when it comes to computer technology this ignorance has got to be seen as increasingly untenable."