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  •  I think you hit on something very (2+ / 0-)

    important and that's "not following global or national news".  I have two older sisters, one in her early 70s and the other late 60s.  Both know how to use a computer BUT when it comes to news, they still either rely on the local newspaper (which is a Republican mouthpiece) or one of the local tv stations which can never give adequate coverage to complex issues in the 10 minutes or so allowed for nightly news.  When I tell them about the wealth of good information that can be found on the internet, their eyes glaze over.  They get it that what they're hearing or reading via newspaper and local tv is already old news when they get to it and that they're not being given anywhere near enough in-depth information to really understand today's issues.  But they won't change.  Sometimes when I talk with them I feel like I'm talking to people from another century.  They're mostly out of the loop.  I can't imagine not keeping up with what's happening in the world around us but they can't be bothered.  I'm 5 years younger than my oldest sister and 2 1/2 years younger than the one closest in age to me and I feel like there is a chasm between us.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 03:09:23 PM PDT

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    •  I set up my mother's computer for her, (4+ / 0-)

      including her igoogle personalized home page.  On that home page I put several news outlet gadgets, as well as a few blogs, so all she has to do to read the news and commentary is click on the gadget.

      Of course I included DKos in her lineup.  She likes the site, says she learns a lot from reading it, but doesn't like "all the vulgarities used," especially in the comments.  Also I have to explain what all the acronyms stand for.  I've learned to ask, "Are you sure you want to know" before explaining the "vulgar" ones.  She's getting used to it - now she just rolls her eyes.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 03:29:07 PM PDT

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