The advances in communication are remarkable. However, we are old school and we aren’t an active participant in all the bells, whistles, buttons and keyboards of the electronic age.
We have a cellphone, which we don’t like to carry and don’t most of the time. We have never texted a message. If we remember, we do take it in the car when going to points in the state. We did take the phone when we visited South Korea in 2015. We had the overseas app and it worked very well. In fact, if we do go on an overseas trip again, we will remember to take it.
One of the marvels of the cellphone is that it also is a camera, as everybody is aware. The quality of the photos has increased to a point where it almost is as good as most cameras. When members of the family, or friends, are on trips, even overseas, the transmission of photos is excellent. What they do on Honor Flight is take a group photo in front of one of the war memorials and when they land back in St. Louis, at the welcome home program, they are presented with one of the photos.
In our central printing plant on Bluff Road, all of the other newspapers we print, and other commercial print jobs, are fed to us electronically. The process works very well. Some of the print jobs, of course, have to be prepared in-house. But proofs can be sent to the client electronically. No more film — direct from the computers to the platemaker machine.
We have never been a fan of Michelle Obama and still aren’t. She carries a large chip on her shoulder. However, we agree with what she said at a summit. She said words matter, particularly in an age where Twitter and other social media can be used like a weapon. The Obama Foundation hosted a summit of young leaders. Michelle said people shouldn’t “tweet every thought” because “first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day.” She didn’t say President Trump does that, but he does and that’s why it leads to trouble for him.
Who could find fault with this comment by the former first lady: “When people send a tweet, especially young people, they need to think it over, spell correctly and use good grammar.”
Of note is that our governor, Eric Greitens, tweets quite a few messages, just like President Trump. Politicians use Twitter so they don’t have to face questions from the media. It protects them from saying something incorrect, or shows their lack of knowledge on the question asked. And, of course, they believe it links them to the public, which it does, but how many with the Twitter connection want to read what Trump says? The average guy and gal isn’t tuned in because they are not interested. They would rather look at something else on their cellphone or computer.
We have mastered only what we need to do via a computer at our job. We aren’t computer-literate. We have to call Ethan, one of our IT guys, when our computers are like people — they act up at times. Sometimes we hit the wrong key. That messes things up. We don’t use a computer at home unless we’re recuperating from a surgical procedure and are home for a rather long period.
After being on a computer a good part of the day, we’re not interested in using one at home at night.
We take what we read on a computer with a grain of caution. After all, anybody can put anything on the internet. A man came into the office some time ago believing something was true, which it was not, and said, “Well, it was on the internet.”