Tradition Beats Technology
Great commentary by Capitol Calling (Jason Rosenbaum’s new blog) (link via John Boy). The bill to allow senators to have laptops at their desk on the Senate floor was indefinitely tabled (read: the bill is dead). The discussion between the senators is passionate at times, and at other times it is slightly mocking. I will again say that there is no better place for laptops than on the Senate floor. I should point out that Blackberries are allowed, however, and are constantly used to move debate forward. There seems to be little difference between the two types of devices other than size. I know I can watch videos, check email, surf the web, work on Excel and Word documents, and everything else on my phone, but if I had the choice I would prefer a laptop if I were going to be working for long period of time. We all know the Senate is never short on topics to talk about.
BTW, I would like to point out that I linked to Rosenbaum’s article on this subject and excluded others because he embraced new media technology in his blog entry — which, in turn, gave the most authentic and unbiased report. Good to have you back, Jason.