This Week's View|
by Deanna Lee Birkholm
December 31st, 2007
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
I came across an article in the Viewpoint section of our newspaper.
It was written by Dr. Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at the Hoover
Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. I've admired Dr.
Sowell for many years, he is well-known conservative with a wonderful
sense of humor.
I had no idea until I read his recent column in our local newspaper,
that his humor included a good dose of satire. Just delightful.
Seems Dr. Sowell has a problem which many of us senior citizens have.
We are technology challenged. Not only do we not understand how
these computerized products work, we don't even know how to turn
No joke, Dr. Sowell commented that he was unable to find the 'on' button
for the simplest radio a local store sold. He also observed that computer
gurus seem to have something against using the words "off" and "on."
Just a clue, "start" seems to have replaced "on." The word "power"
can be used as a substitute for "on."
What a waste. Why can't we just have things simple, that even Mom
and Dad can understand. Instruction manuals are even worse. They
are not any help, you need to take a class to understand the manuals.
We have a new radio in our car, one of those "pay to subscribe" deals.
It of course has multiple channels. They don't call them 'stations'
any more. Must have the manual to just change channels, and would
you believe some channels have multiple programs. Just too much.
Of course, none of the little buttons on the radio have anything
to indicate what they are either.
Have you noticed with all the labor saving devices we are not laboring
less? No, we are laboring more! How can that be?
Back in the good old days we could turn something off or on. That's
it. Simple. As long as I'm airing my problems, I have to mention
the hand-held television control thingies. We have cable and then
something else, "on demand." You can order up all sorts of movies
which you pay for on your monthly bill. We have enough to do we
haven't ordered anything - but again, it is all just too much.
Enough already - just give me the simple life.
Oh yes, it's a 'remote,' something a long way off. Sounds good
to me. ~ The LadyFisher
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