Digital democracy, or 'All your vote . . .'

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by jonb, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. jonb

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    [flash=400,300]http://www.markfiore.com/animation/voting.swf[/flash]
     
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    The buggy whip industry was skeptical when the horseless carriage hit the market, too.
     
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    mindseye: [quote author=Pecker link=board=99;num=1076651351;start=0#1 date=02/13/04 at 06:05:38]The buggy whip industry was skeptical when the horseless carriage hit the market, too. [/quote]


    What an unpleasant comparison. The horseless carriage has caused over three million fatalities since its introduction; the number of fatalities caused by horses over the same time period is negligible in comparison. Automobile drivers like the fact that cars are faster and more comfortable in the rain than horses -- and they also like the fact that they don't have to clean up their car's poop, leaving it as a problem for future generations to worry about. Not all of these are honorable reasons for preferring cars.

    Proponents of electronic voting would willingly trade public confidence in the democratic process to save a little money. Would you like to respond to the actual points Mark Fiore raises -- the source code that has been released publicly is known to have bugs in it; Diebold officials aren't politically neutral; voting records will no longer be public domain -- instead of spitting out an unjustifiable analogy?
     
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    If we demanded perfection before being able to take advantage of innovations, we'd still be in our caves, starting our cook-fires with flint. :D

    Pecker

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  5. jonb

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    Well, I liked the quote from O'Dell, personally.

    The cartoonist seems to have made some good points, but I'm an empiricist when it comes to important things like elections. (We don't want another Florida, now do we?)

    Oh, and Pecker, you might not really mind that cooking fire with flint: Hunter-gatherers were apparently healthier than agrarian or industrial societies.
     
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