Why do we allow our government officials to participate in press briefings and question-and-answer sessions with only a bottle of water? Where are the computers or other data storage devices that contain organized information to aid the response if specifics are warranted?
Governments and their activities contain an extraordinary amount of data and information. Yet our officials come to communicate to the public with only their naked minds and the unreliable facts tumbling (or not) within them.
Instead of grumbling when our tough questions aren’t directly answered because “the data isn’t right here in front of me,” let’s encourage our representatives and officials to modernize the way they answer our questions.
We live in a world of instant messaging and data streams. Our federal government takes advantage of those technologies in the Defense and Justice and State Departments. Why haven’t we demanded that public information evolve in the same technological manner? Don’t tell me you can’t fully answer a question because the information isn’t laid out before me. We all know the information could be only a click away.