It is, I'm afraid, as meta- as meta.stackoverflow.com can be.
I'm a system administrator, and most assuredly not a programmer, except for a little bash scripting. But seriously, why do people go onto stackoverflow.com, see all the questions about C# constructs, how to use variables, compiler optimization, and then ask 'Why can't I boot my computer from a Linux CD?' Really, people? Has the internet made you all stupid?
We seem to have either a) watered down the term 'programming' or b) are stuck in baby-boomer land where anyone sitting at a computer doing anything not easily recognized as surfing the web, email, or word processing is immediately assumed to be 'programming'.
From my side of the fence, people assume that since I can make computers do things like share files or change their names online, I can 'program' them as well. This is not the case, and it makes me fed up when well meaning but clueless individuals ask me to 'just quick write a program that will make my computer do xyz.' Presumably programmers get this as well, to a certain extent. 'My computer can't hook up to my internet. Can you fix it?'
How do we educate the public that there are two (at least two) major classes of computer people in the world, and that simple use of a modicum of common sense will get you a long way?