Up until now America’s lawmakers have been banned from using any electronics while they were on the House floor, but the Republicans are currently planning a change in pace and removing the ban of electronic devices in the House. This means that the leaders of the country are now able to check their Facebooks, send email and Tweet when gatherings get to be tedious and drawn out. But fear not that is not what our world’s leaders are going for with this new rule, instead, they hope to promote the use of the devices to research information, review the text of a bill, check on the facts or simply just keep up with the daily news around the world.
Republicans say: “Mr. Boehner (Speaker of the House) has deep respect for the institution and its traditions. This is not free license to Skype or pay bills online. But we recognize that people consume information electronically these days. It’s just silly that the House wouldn’t accommodate that.”
At the moment, the Senate does not seem to have any intention of following Congress on this issue and will continue to ban the use of electronic devices, though both parties seem to have unwritten agreement to allow usage under the tables. This just shows that technology has the ability to change the face of society, including our governments.
[Gizmodo via NYT]