Amid the shock, the genuine shock, the mind-befuddling miasma of events that led to the the designation of Donald Trump to the role of President-elect…let me just pause a while to let that sink in…
Amid all of this is the fear that Technology, particularly in the US, could take a pummelling. Techcrunch nicely sum up the state of play here:
There is a powerful image at the beginning of the story of Trump bellowing out 140-character snippets of whatever his mind has, er, alighted upon – to “tremendous young ladies”, who presumably perform some sort of spontaneous insta-tweet within seconds of coming aware of being yelled at by the President-elect.
‘Big’ companies and ‘big’ concepts also need to take note – Trump does not trust China (as well as being un-American they also invented the lie of Global Warming) and therefore wants Apple to relocate their manufacturing sector to America. That also includes Oreos and Ford cars, people.
Did I mention Global Warming? It’s all tosh, a hoax, propagated by those un-American Chinese folk in order to kill US manufacturing. We fancy-dan Europeans are buying into this hoax presumably. Silly us.
Amazon beware – Bezos dares to own a Clinton-supporting paper (The Washington post was bought when it was on its uppers and has now been turned around by Bezos into a massively successful online news source), and Bezos had better watch out because Trump wants to claim Space back – no doubt swatting Blue Origin out of the way as NASA races to something like Mars or Jupiter. Somewhere like Outer Space. Not Inner Space.
Net neutrality – that fundamental concept of a free-for-all internet – Trump wants that. America did, after all, create the net as a military network back in the days of Arpanet. So hands off you woolly-minded neo-liberals. Unfortunately for Trump he might be agreeing with China here.
Cyber itself – that cyber problem – he’s going to take it on, full steam. He is worried about the security aspect of cyber. Cyber what? Cyber Clinton emails? Cybermen?
See how the French are quite happy to embrace cyber in all its’ forms? I am certain that Trump will do plenty to tackle the French cyber issue.
What does it all mean? What does Trump mean? I cannot tell you. Is he somebody who has cleverly traded in fear and paranoia and will soon resume office, surround himself rather sensibly by advisors who know what they are talking about, and morph into some sort of angry version of Reagan? I never saw Reagan look angry so that concept itself is a strange one. Or does he genuinely have these opinions? And will these opinions actually turn into policy? Should I be bothered given that I am an Englishmen, and is it really an echo of Brexit? Or something much worse?
I still have the image of Trump shouting at tremendous young ladies revolving around my head, and that will take some time to clear. If I have inflicted it upon you, and if you voted for Trump, well, you reap what you s0w.