Illiteracy is coming. It is coming round the bend.

We sit here doing everything online, having all manner of fun and watching with some glee as the old, print media, with its gatekeepers and phoney-as-the-New-York-Times standards goes the way of the dodo bird and the Whigs. It is all great fun but there is one little problem.

We have an entire population that, for, whatever reason, is not online.

Ok, let’s think about this. Being online requires access to a computer. Computers break down and not everyone has a spare. The computer has to be connected to the net, and that has to be maintained. But we have all these old people out there who have never felt a need to get a computer suddenly cut off from everything except broadcast television and that if they could figure out the three steps to hook up the digital converters. (And yes, it took longer to get one out of the box than it did to connect it.)

What are we going to do with these people. We cannot just shoot them, we cannot ignore them, too many of them can vote.

In our zeal to play with our new toy we have added an interesting twist to the class structure, where status depends on who is on your friends list and these people are the new underclass.

It is going to be interesting to see how this plays out.


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