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I am computer illiterate

You can see this one coming from a mile away. Anything technology-related pops, and some (old) person will always throw out a “Oh, I’m computer illiterate. I don’t even know how to turn the thing on.”

Here’s my thought: Why are you entering this conversation with an exit plan? Nowadays, parading around your incompetency when it comes to modern technology (2nd machine age) isn’t something that’s going to build credence with those involved in the discussion.

Translation: I’ve tried to use computers (or technology) in the past and had frustrations I never addressed to move forward. My intellectual capacity as it relates to perseverance, confidence in reason, and courage are essentially useless when it comes to anything beyond my generation. I’m admitting fear to terminate my involvement in the conversation so as not to showcase my inability to think about complex things.

(Print this for a computer illiterate person – they’ll never visit! [But if they do become literate, go here:])

One Comment


    Very smart and clever of course. However generations not born on beanbags thinking they’re the best thing since sliced bread and grown up with tech, perhaps some who might have been diagnosed as dyspraxic today but were called backward then, never got over being told they were stupid and now, older, they are still stupid and unlovable.

    Do you address your ability to be unnuanced??? I doubt it.

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