Humble Rants 25 September 2013

Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in Opinion

Humble Rants 25 September 2013

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

This morning I wrote a letter to the web page of a man who wants to be Maine’s next governor.

I wrote:  Hello my innocent young, bright-eyed friend,

Yeah, you spent a lot of money building these web pages, getting top, experienced people to design them for you.

But you screwed up because you didn't get a 77-year-old Maine man to try to navigate them before you sent the computer gurus a check. You don't know if these web pages work for old people or if they don't work for old people.

I tried to fill out one page and was unable to get through it. The thing fought me.  I finally had to abandon it. I think it was the page where I was asked for a $14 contribution to ensure Maine’s salvation.

What so many young people don't understand is that there are a few fairly intelligent old Maine people out there who do not even own a cell phone. It is too complicated a machine. Every time I use a borrowed one someone has to push the magic buttons on it for me. Some of us make television programs and write for newspapers. One of the things we talk about in our newspaper columns and on our television programs is the difficulty experienced by old Maine people who have been ignored, swept aside and overwhelmed by a brave new uncompromising digital world. If you are unable to fill in box three, the ignorant machine will not permit you to advance to box four.

If Mr. Michaud is going to win this election he is going to have to do it on his record and the force of his personality and not from any help he gets from the web page that got the better of my good intentions this morning.

Snarl, snarl.

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