Opinion

No computer can be a real blackout

OVER the past few days I have received phone calls at the QT from some of our older readers asking me if I could help them find movie session times for our two local cinemas.

While both Limelight and Birch Carroll and Coyle do advertise with us, they don't do it each day.

Without a computer to dial into, these readers struggled to know what was on at the movies and what times they could choose from.

"Just because I don't have a computer I really feel discriminated against," one woman told me.

You know she was right. So many companies and groups now expect you to have a computer so they can send you e-mails and so you can quickly make payments to them.

We have also lost out on the giant white page and pink page phone books we used to have as ready reckoners to thumb through looking for the likes of plumbers and electricians.

Mind you, when you did find them most were so busy they couldn't tell you when they'd be able to pop over.

I tried to give my mother a computer a few years ago, but she just laughed at me saying that she still didn't know how her mobile phone worked.

It is true if you now don't have a computer many switch you off. The good news is there are a number of groups who run computer classes for beginners and they can reveal to you how simple new computers are to use.

Mind you I still haven't quite figured out how to pre-program my Sky Channel.

Topics:  age discrimination my comment opinion peter chapman



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