Hey, one of the nice things about the net is that not all your information has to be pulled down through the medium of text–though you couldn’t tell it by reading this blog. So, for something a little different, I’d like you to direct to the aural medium of NPR–you can listen to a bit of your news today.
NPR’s Morning Edition is running a series called “Digital Generations” which, it appears, will mostly focus on how different age cohorts use the internet and technology differenty.
The first installment in the series, however, looks at basic access noteing that folks in rural areas and the elderly are the two least-served populations. The show speaks with an older woman in Kurtztown, PA who was able to get inexpensive broadband through her municipality. They talk with her about how her family helped get it set up and motivated her use.
The story does what NPR does best–put a human face, or rather a human voice, on what would otherwise be a pretty cold story about the penetration rates of various technologies among the rural aged. Give it a listen at: NPR : Rural Areas Demanding High-Speed Internet Access