Recently, some University of Edinburgh students paid a lot of attention to the University’s recommendation that each and every student downloads and uses the Test and Protect Scotland app. There are two camps in this argument: one, people who say that’s an invalid recommendation because not everyone has smartphones; and two, people who oppose the first camp, saying that everyone should either have a smartphone or get one if they don’t have it.
I think that the second camp is composed of snobs and blind people who don’t see their own stupidity; and the first camp is also composed of blind people, because they don’t see that the argument isn’t necessary at all here.
Argument: People who argue that £50 isn’t a lot to spend on a one-off purchase of a smartphone are idiots, £50 is not something people will normally just pull out of their sock like it’s getting a new pair of pants, so that’s an invalid argument.
Argument against the argument: You don’t have to or need to get the Test and Protect app. Just because the Uni recommends it, you are not bound to download it. So why the entire shitstorm? It was absolutely pointless, and created by people who simply were bored and didn’t have anything better to do.
An app cannot replace common sense and logical thinking. Full stop.