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Can Palin Help McCain Close the Gap?


So, it appears that John McCain has picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. “Young Governor Gets the Job” is the headline used on AOL.(On the bright side, we’ve reached a point where pointing out that the running mate is female isn’t as interesting, though other news outlets played up the gender angle.)

Palin, at 44, is a generation removed from the 72-year-old McCain. But I’m not as interested in whether she can help McCain close the generation gap or even the gender gap. I wonder whether she can close the technology gap.

I’m assuming that Palin knows how to use a computer, which apparently McCain doesn’t. Whatever way the election turns out, I’m hoping that Palin can bring the Senator into the 21st century, at least when it comes to technology.

We’ve written about it a lot on this blog, but what’s your experience working with older people who aren’t tech-savvy? If you’re one of the not tech-savvy folks, how do you feel about getting training from someone younger?


Steve Ballmer, Power Forward
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