Not everyone is on the Internet but maybe they don’t give a tweet.
April 28, 2009
Darn, nobody’s friending me!
Once in a while I encounter someone who does not own or operate a computer. My grandfather for instance. He just turned 96. He proudly points out the computer room in his retirement home but, as far as I know, he’s never been. Jack Postaer came into the world before television, air-conditioning and jet planes. Way before. During his childhood, horse driven carriages still occupied the brick-paved streets. Chicago was Hog Butcher to the World. Gramps is completely unaware of blogs, let alone mine (which is probably to his benefit!)
During service work, I’ve met others who go through life without computers. Usually it’s because they cannot afford the machines or ISPs. They might own a cell phone and a TV and that’s about it. If they work it is in a job that does not require computers or the skills to run them. A few are in telemarketing, which I assume utilizes computers. However, I have been told these machines are heavily blocked from anything but mission critical applications. In other words no Facebook or streaming videos on ESPN.
These are the ones I worry and wonder about. Clearly, they are being left behind. As I watch my small children grasp evermore-difficult tasks on our family’s computer, I can’t imagine anyone remaining ignorant, much less oblivious. Hell, I’m stunned anyone still uses dial up!
I’m not sure if we (the tech literate) have an obligation to those without the means or inclination to get wired. Is this a brutal example of the fit surviving and the weak declining? Perhaps when phones become fully loaded and dirt cheap, it will allow everyone computing power in their hands.
As for Gramps, he got to see his beloved White Sox win a World Series, which we all believe extended his life.