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My Blogging Offensive

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To-day was the opening shot of my Blogging Offensive.

No offence meant… just a good fight for a good cause: Make people aware what an excellent tool blogging is in enabling immediate democratic response to reality.

Today I’ve met with a large group of senior citizens.
Only two persons raised their hands to say they surf the net.
The mediator said: “Ask you grandchildren to teach you how.”
“Oh, they have no patience…”

I had no idea what group of people I’m going to meet at that “Sabbath Culture” event, yet senior people are indeed high up on my list. It is one of those groups, if not the major one, who’s been told by society, Shut Up!

Gone are the days when the Hebrew “Zakken” (Senior, old person) was a synonym of “Hackham” (Wise).

It leads to Isolation, frustration, helplessness. What a waste of this wonderful human reservoir of intelligence!

I told them how effective the blogosphere was with the Trent Lott Affair, what a great change it enabled.

Then I went to visit my 90 yrs old relative, who refuses even to hear the word “internet”.
But she reads Jerusalem Post. Proudly she showed me an article on an 89 yrs blogger: Help Me Bubby.

Not political. Still, an illustration of how empowering blogging can be.

BTW: Have you been to my blogspot blog? It keeps moving…

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  • My mother is 88, she uses email and plays slingo everyday. I tried to teach her to surf, but she just cannot get the hang of it. It is more difficult then it appears for the elderly. I have been trying with her for six years.

    I can say this, all of her friends, everyone, uses email. And the average age is about 75. Those 70 and under do do some surfing. I showed one of em how to get a cheap airline ticket recently. Now all of her friends want me to do it for them. So no good deed goes unpunished.


  • Thanks, Bob,
    I promised the people over there that come Fall, and after they learn some surfing skills, I’ll come show them how to set up a blog. Your approach was right – you provided a pragmatic, utilitarian reason. I believe that the ones I’m mentioning above are tempting no less, especially in our political and social climate here.

  • I set up a Blog for an older (60-ish) woman at work a few weeks ago. She still doesn’t grasp the concept of posting to it though.

    “But what do I do with it now?” she asks.

    “Well, you do whatever you want. Make it an online diary, or post your thoughts on world events, whatever.”

    “So, what should I do?” she asks.

    “Whatever you want. It’s totally up to you.”

    “Oh. Okay. Thanks.”

    And she posts nothing, despite being a bright woman with plenty of opinions and an interesting life.

    I think there really is a generational barrier here. It’s difficult to get someone who grew up in a world with 3 TV channels that operated on a part-time basis to believe that she can become her own version of the New York Times, with an international readership, no less.

    My parents have WebTV. They thought of cancelling it in order to save a few bucks. They were going to check their e-mail from a free Juno account instead. While I was trying to explain to them how to do this, my dad threw up his hands and walked out. My mom pretended she got it. So they kept the WebTV.

    I’m not sure that the elderly, as a group, are going to flock to Blogs. The information age is still a bit too alien for them.

  • How young are you, Dude?
    How about advising the lady in question to write something on plain Word, which she probably is well used to by now, and than past and copy to the blog editing page and see her delight when this is achieved, give us here a link to her first post so that some of us will comment?

    The only generalization that is applicable in life is that there shouldn’t be any generalizations…

    “Each person is a unique world” is another true generalization, so we have two such already…

    The third one is that age is a chronological number, not much else.

    Number four: the more we apply stereotypes to a group the more all of us, and especially the members of that group, will come to internalize it.

    So, give the lady at your work my warm regards, a link to my http://timeintelaviv.blogspot.com blog and a friendly hand. I can assure you that she’ll do wonders, once she’s helped a bit more in overcoming first step fears and societial misconceptions.

    BTW, I had the same problem when I taught my 10 yrs granddaughter how to set up a blog…

    Thanks for your comment.

  • Dude, may I quote you on my blog? I’m working on a post on our topic.