Dr. David Brin complains (first and second blog posts) that kids today can’t learn the basics of programming in a way that is fun and, above, all, trivially accessible to every computer-owner. There’s no lingua franca of modern programming – a language that is both ubiquitous (comes with every PC) and accessible (very simple and suitable to learning basic imperative programming).
A storm of comments was generated by the Salon article. Most respondents didn’t seem to understand Brin’s real points. To be fair, the article itself was rather misleading. In any event, I’m responding here to what Brin wrote in his later replies, the first of which is here, starting with the words “your letter is cogent and intelligent”. (Permalinks to individual comments on Blogger don’t seem to be working.)