In my new book, I joked that some people see government as the solution for every problem: illegitimacy, the crack cocaine epidemic, people spending too much time on the Internet, poor people not spending enough time on the Internet...
Well, when I wrote No, They Can't, I thought I was joking. Then in today's NY Times I read that the Feds spending your money to bridge the "digital divide" by giving free Internet access to poor people "created an unintended side effect, one that is surprising and troubling ...[Government action having unintended consequences is always "surprising" to reporters.] ..."children in poorer families are spending considerably more time than children from more well-off families using their television and gadgets to watch shows and videos..."
I'm shocked. Children from poorer families who get less parental supervision spend more time playing Internet games? Who could have predicted that?
The Times has a name for the new crisis: "This growing time-wasting gap ..."
But fear not. To fix the gap, your bankrupt government plans "to spend $200 million to create a digital literacy corps. This group of hundreds, even thousands, of trainers would fan out to schools and libraries to teach productive uses of computers..." I can't wait.
Give me a break. This brainchild is from the FCC. It is another reason why most government agencies should be defunded.