I had a great time today talking about What Would Google Do with KCRW’s Rob Long on his show, The Politics of Culture (he also makes a great show/podcast about Hollywood: Martini Shot):

I can’t say the same for every radio interview I’ve been lucky enough to do for the book. Some are great (see hear also On the Media and KGO’s Ronn Owens and a few others). But some remind me of why Howard Stern makes fun of radio. I’ve had my share of IN-ter-VIEWS when THE hosts EM-pha-SIZE SYLlables in WAYS that No NORmal HUman DOES. But my favorite stupid radio trick so far: Three hosts asked me to tell the folks what Google is. Do they think their own listeners are that disconnected, that stupid? Apparently so. One droned on to me about how “people over 50” just have a tough time with this internet thing and computers and all that. I responded that I’m 54 and I managed to figure it out.

  • chris tackett

    Thanks. Always interesting to hear you elaborate on this premise.

    Also, PLEASE post clips of the bad interviews if those stations figure out how to put the audio into the Internets thing with the wires and tubes and such.

  • Jeff,

    I really hate it when clear “age discrimination” is dropped into any conversation, especially about the use of any kind of electronic device. Early adopters of computers come in all ages and genders. We are the fastest growing group of users according to what I have learned.

    My husband, an electrical engineer (BSEE, Northeastern University — 1957) who retrained in software engineering, will be 75 years old this June. He taught himself to type in his 50s. He saw the Internet coming down the ‘Pike in the early 1980s, and built his own Heathkit — a “blazing fast, double floppy” computer. He insisted that I get off my Smith Corona typewriter in 1982, and helped me take courses in word processing at Middlesex Community College and the Boston Center for Adult Education.

    Sure, there are people over 50 who don’t touch computers. We just don’t happen to think there should be such a complete generalization when discussing people who are interested and engaged in the future of computer use.

    Thanks for reading.

    Ellen Kimball
    (Woman, wife, former radio broadcaster, mother, stepmother, grandmother, stepgrandmother, blogger and Twitter user)

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