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(The New York Times)   You know that oddly consistent 20% of survey respondents who seem uninformed and out of touch? Say hi   ( nytimes.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, paid survey, Mr. Griffin, Hawaii  
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2013-08-21 08:15:30 AM  
3 votes:
And most of them will be dead within a decade, so this seems like a self correcting problem
2013-08-21 10:25:05 AM  
2 votes:
Remember that broadcast news, newspapers, magazines, books. libraries and mail service still exist.  Those who are uninformed or out of touch are so because they lack interest or motivation to become informed.

The internet is nice, but not the be-all and end-all of life.
2013-08-21 08:25:56 AM  
2 votes:
They're called tea partiers, subby, and they're misinformed, not uninformed.
2013-08-21 11:36:30 AM  
1 vote:

doubled99: What's pathetic is the grand majority of farkers who think life without the internet is insane/impossible/unthinkable.

It's not. But how would you feel if we took away your debit and credit cards? -made you go back to cash and manually writing checks. That'd be insane/impossible/unthinkable right? Especially if you had to get gas out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

Life without the internet is just entirely inconvenient.
2013-08-21 10:16:10 AM  
1 vote:
i have several family members like this.  my mother just can't use computers, she thinks that pressing one wrong button could make it burst into flames.  she adamantly refuses to sit down and learn the basics.  she can't even open up my dad's laptop to look something up, she has to wait for him to get home from work and then asks him to do it.  it's bizarre.  and it has affected her job, because management was pushing her to become an assistant supervisor, but finally had to give up and stick her in another department because she refused to use a computer.  and my grandparents don't use computers either, but my one grandmother finally allowed us to give her one a few years ago because the grandchildren were all growing up and moving away and she realized the internet was the only way she would be able to keep in contact with them.  all she knows how to do is open up her aol account and check her email, that's it.  i don't think she's ever visited a website before.
2013-08-21 09:47:22 AM  
1 vote:
One of my friends did some work teaching adults to use computers.  God bless her because that has to be frustrating.
2013-08-21 09:38:40 AM  
1 vote:

Snort: This just in, People in the 70's are actively looking for work.

Yeah. I thought this was the real story. What the hell is wrong with the system when a 70 year-old has to look for work ?

My mother would not use an ATM, a cell phone or a computer, The "news" she watched had convinced her that only paedophiles used the internet, but at least she was living decently on her pension.
2013-08-21 09:34:22 AM  
1 vote:

Richard C Stanford: Behold, the people who keep reality TV alive.
Also: "Internet use is lowest in the South, particularly in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas."
Why does that not surprise me?

It would help if we could get decent 'net out here. I'm stuck with AT&T DSL 3.0 EXTREME! (3mbps down/340ish kbsp up). I can't hardly do shiat if netflix is on. Give me 25/5 and I'd be pushing a lot more data. So would a lot of people.
2013-08-21 09:03:30 AM  
1 vote:
Computer:  "Here am I.  This humble box, this simple screen, a gateway with which you can access any piece of information you desire.  Any question, answered.  Any story, told.  Opportunity to connect to people virtually anywhere!  The possibilities of unlimited knowledge are yours for the taking!  Will you partake?"

Old person: "Naw, I gots my stories on the teevee.  Ahm all set."
2013-08-21 08:24:46 AM  
1 vote:
Behold, the people who keep reality TV alive.
Also: "Internet use is lowest in the South, particularly in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas."
Why does that not surprise me?
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