Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, isn’t it? Barcode scanners make your supermarket trip quicker, word processors makes writers sound smarter, and online shopping gives even the laziest boyfriends a chance to buy something nice for their their significant other’s birthday. But we all know that our dependence on technology is a double-edged sword. When something goes wrong it can seem like the end of the world, especially if that software glitch involves a high-stakes test that could help define our future.
Such is the case with the bar exam, future lawyers in nearly 20 states are frustrated because of problems with the software that handles digital submissions of the test, and the problems could hold up their careers. ExamSoft experienced a meltdown on July 29, and angry law students expressed their rage and frustration on Twitter.