As for the minister, I agree that if she doesn't want to get criticized in forums such as this then she is going to need to put some considerable effort into a half way reasonable understanding of how to present the issues.
As I posted earlier, Internet New Zealand is putting considerable resource into supporting ministers in this space, though that doesn't just open the door to us all bullying the minister when she is in fact attempting to address a global issue that we all know is a problem that needs attention.
Let's support the minister rather than making her a victim of exactly the issues she's attempting to address.
Agreed - She might have made a dumb statement but to blanket her with personal abuse is wrong. Its like teasing retards (oops did I just say that?). However, I would say most of the criticisms have been around performance not personal. Opening your mouth in public and saying dumb things while acting in a public role / govt capacity needs to be addressed.
Maybe the correct way would be to contact her and politely educate her on what she said and did and then help her understand the implications. Give her a chance to open mouth and remove foot.
Oh dear - my politically correct brain washed mind is fighting my desire to jeer and stupidity. Arrgghhh!!!! its all too much. The politicaly correct have bullied me into being a morally spineless jelly fish of a person ( see cant even call myself a man any more ). where is my gun - I feel a suicidal tendancy coming on. Oh crud - it got taken away as well - thank pharmac for prozac.