Tag Archives: Computers

What Price Is Red Tape In Our Lives?

At the birth of the computer age we were promised technology would eliminate the need for paper in our lives since everything could be done on the computer. The Australian Productivity Commission decried the growing red tape which has overwhelmed many professionals and compelled doctors and education institutions to spend enormous resources filling out forms rather than engaged in their mission of educating children. The Commission cited, “excessive duplicate reporting requirements” and “overly prescriptive regulations” which result in people filling out the same information that was provided a different agency.

The Commission believes doctors currently devote about nine hours a week filling out forms and reports and that schools have been forced to spend more money hiring non-teaching personnel to deal with red tape requirements. I recently once again had to fill out a form to teach at a college that I have now filled out at least five times. Isn’t it possible to have a centralized form for teaching at colleges? All colleges ask the same questions.

So, what about the computer ending paperwork???

New Breed Computer Games Deal With Political Issues

A group of men sit on board an airplane with their hands and feet restrained. Their heads are covered by black hoods. Guards push them around and finally force them into a dog like pound surrounded by barbed wire. “Gone Gitmo” is a digital recreation of life in the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo. It is one of several of a new breed of computer games which will hit computer stores this fall that are designed to engage people in confronting social and human right issues. The creative talents of social activists are now directed towards expanding awareness of world conflicts by using games to interest people. In “Global Conflict” a player assumes the role of a journalist who is studying the Israel/Palestinian conflict. One of the tasks is to determine if Israel security forces are acting appropriately in dealing with terror attacks. A few months ago in June, a “Games for Change” conference was held in New York and attracted political science professors, computer experts, and employees from the UN and the World Bank.

Society is witnessing new dimensions of how computers will alter human consciousness. Computer games are but one of many new facets of human life that have the capability of transforming political and social activism. Virtual Reality in the coming years will play a significant role in making people go beyond reading about human rights abuses by allowing them to actually live with these events.